In Romans Chapter 2, Paul states,
19 if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21 you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal?22 You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? 24 As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”[b]
25 Circumcision has value if you observe the law, but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised. 26 So then, if those who are not circumcised keep the law’s requirements, will they not be regarded as though they were circumcised? 27 The one who is not circumcised physically and yet obeys the law will condemn youwho, even though you have the[c] written code and circumcision, are a lawbreaker.
28 A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. 29 No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.
Here, Paul is calling us all out as hypocrites if we are not living by the code in which we are teaching and are called to live. Being a Christian is not (just) who we are outwardly, but who we are on the inside.
Who we are in our hearts. Are we following God the way we know we are supposed to? Are we sinning in secret? Selfishness, greed, lust, hatred, worldly idols? Surely, most of us struggle with at least one of those if not multiple.
If any of those are something you’ve been struggling with, have you sought accountability? Have you been praying about it? Have you done whatever you can to make success against this sin more manageable? God cares about the condition of your heart and wants you to call after Him.
Work on being the Christian we profess to be whether anyone is watching or not. Whether it’s in our head or in full view for everyone to see.
While God is not counting gold stars, I could only imagine God cheering us on for any progress we make as we stumble more towards Him.