We plan meetings by it, use it to gauge the passing of time, and schedule our meals around it. So when I look at a clock, I want to know that the time it displays is accurate.

We have a large clock prominently displayed in our house. One day, I noticed the minute hand was rotating non-stop. Hours were passing by in mere seconds. The clock may have looked great on the surface, but it was obvious something was internally wrong. I tried fixing the clock, but ended up breaking it. Fortunately my wife, Karen, bought a new mechanism and fixed the clock so it works like new. The minute hand moves at the correct speed now, and the time is accurate.

Sometimes people give the appearance that all is well on the surface, when in reality there is something very wrong in their hearts. To claim one thing while doing another is called hypocrisy. Like a grain of sand in the mechanism of a watch, a little hypocrisy in our lives will hinder us in a great way. It causes others to speak evil against our God, and it causes them to lose confidence in us. The sobering reality is that there is a little hypocrisy in all of us. It is easy for others to spot, but difficult for us to see in ourselves.

Is there a solution? Well, if a clock is broken, who but the clockmaker can fix it? If your heart is broken, who but your Maker can make you whole again? We must take our brokenness, along with the guilt and shame which accompany it, and lay it all at our Savior’s feet. When we confess our faults and shortcomings instead of trying to hide them, God will restore our joy and peace and cleanse us of the sins which beset us.

As genuine Christians fully dependent upon the power of God, we can accurately show the world what time it is.

Hypocrites in the Church? Yes, and in the lodge and at the home. Don’t hunt through the Church for a hypocrite. Go home and look in the mirror. Hypocrites? Yes. See that you make the number one less. — Billy Sunday

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.