let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.
~ Galatians 6:4, ESV ~
It is easy to get drawn away from the course of spiritual transformation and growth. In doing so, one may inevitably become a pretender. Acting outwardly based on the reflection of presenting social and cultural expectations. Sometimes, mirroring biblical standards. Yet, within the true soul of an individual, there is still corruption. This may be the form of hypocrisy we read about in Holy Writ. It is acting in a manner contrary to one’s authentic true sense of being.
The balance rests upon spiritual discipline for cultivating an authentic faith. Christ manifested these disciplines in his life. In recovery, we are taught to discipline ourselves to move from living a life of hypocrisy while embracing determination and commitment to holiness. Today, we may encounter people who claim to be Christians and in recovery yet see mere feigning toward holiness. There is no commitment to spiritual transformation. No surrender to God’s will and desire. However, those who come to realize the true way of living life through Jesus Christ discovers the need to embrace God’s call. Through Christ, we desire to live out in purpose, in meaning, and in love.
This requires us to confess and relinquish our desire to manage the inward struggles, to seek forgiveness for those wrongs we committed, and move beyond our failings and weaknesses. Do not deceive yourself into believing that if you act contrary to your feelings, you are a hypocrite. Truth is not always about feelings. Truth is about shedding light to those thoughts we harbor silently that may motivate us toward sin and temptation. Confessing them toward God, those whom we come to trust, and seek wise counsel empowers us through our struggles. Real authentic spiritual transformation comes when we are not pretending.
Today, I will not give into my indulgences. I will strive to live true to the teachings of Jesus Christ and mirror his life in my own. This will help me in living true to who I am in Christ.