Living with the end in view involves
Watching Against Hypocrisy
But if that evil servant says in his heart, “My master is delaying his coming,” and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matt. 24:48–51)
At the first opportunity, the servant in the above story dropped his façade. As it was with Judas Iscariot, time revealed his true nature—a hypocrite. The Greek meaning of the term hypocrite is one who pretends to be something he or she is not. The politician is charged with perjury. The police officer is caught with his hand in the till. The star athlete is tested positive for drugs. The dashing movie star is charged with beating his wife.
Time exposes all weaknesses. The wood we thought was so sturdy, warps in the rain. The car turns out to be a lemon. The heavy coat of paint peels. The hard drive crashes one month later. The disciple turns out to be a thief, and the servant an abuser.
As Judas was a thief at heart, so the servant above was a slacker at heart. He had no heart for heaven, but for the world. Since he could not serve two masters, he chose to please his flesh. The man had no heart for his master. His greatest loyalty lay with his own comfort.
What has time revealed about your commitment to Christ? We are warned to be watchful against hypocrisy by exercising our faith and growing in character. In other words, walking the talk:
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. (2 Peter 1:5–9)
Our faith should change us. If no change has been forthcoming, we’ve forgotten why we needed a Savior, and forgotten how great He is. The hypocritical servant above thought the master would not catch him in secret sin. Do we think the Savior is blind to what we do? The servant thought his master was delaying his coming, so he had time to indulge his sin. Do we believe we have time to turn from the way of righteousness and make up for it in time?
Warm your heart again toward the Savior’s love. Remember how He died so cruel a death to save you from being a slave of sin. Recall how He rose from the dead to give you a hope of heaven that is greater than anything earth could offer. Think well of Your Lord lest your thoughts turn against Him.
Living with the end in view means watching against carnality.
Steps of faith:
Face your weaknesses and pray, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my anxieties: and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Ps. 139:23–24).
See Christ’s glory anew in the Scriptures for revival in your heart.
Selection from Living with the End in View, Book 1, Steve Husting