“Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: ‘Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.’”
– Luke 12:1-3
One time, Jesus was talking to his disciples, and he said, Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy. By the way, the word hypocrisy was not a negative term back then. Hypocrisy meant that you were acting as you would in a drama. Like how George Clooney is a terrific hypocrite. Jesus went on to say, There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs. That’s not comforting, is it? But the one comfort you should receive is that it’s better to be vulnerable now than to be made vulnerable later. Jesus is teaching us that there are all these people and disciples that are being tempted to perform like actors — to put on an amazing show. Jesus says don’t do that. That is a yeast of the Pharisees and it will poison all the good that God is doing in your life. People are drawn to you because you’re offering something better than a fake show. Just be who you are — don’t pretend, don’t wear a mask, don’t hide. Because anything you pretend to be to please a crowd will be shown later. So just show yourself now. Be just as you are.
God, give me the courage, to not put on a show. Make be vulnerable and draw me closer to others.
Do you feel like you’re putting on a show?