"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness." Matthew 23:27
I don't know about you, but the people pleaser in me wants to fly past the hard truth, so I don't have to feel uncomfortable.
My current motto, though:
"Discomfort is the price of love, joy, peace, patients, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and SELF-CONTROL."
That means I need to get uncomfortable and really take the time to look at verses such as this one in Matthew.
I was recently listening to a podcast in which the presenter used the metaphor of "whitewashed tomb".
Instantly, my mind went to, "That's what it was like to lose weight without God!"
I had to look up if a whitewashed tomb is used elsewhere in the Bible. It is, and when it is used, it all refers to hypocrisy (funny that is the exact word used at the beginning of the verse ;).
So, the researcher in me had to look up the definition of hypocrisy. I really like Merriam-Webster's definition here: behavior that contradicts what one claims to believe or feel.
Have you ever lost weight and felt this?
Obviously, I have.
When I had lost weight in the past, I could tell had more energy and my clothes fit better.
But something was missing.
I didn't believe I was thin. And I for sure didn't feel "good" about my body. Not only that, but I didn't believe or feel like God really cared about any of it.
I did all the actions to change my outward appearance, but I lacked the inward change that would make the outside last.
I was a whitewashed tomb...
Sure, I was appearing to take the actions to make my body healthy, but I neglected to change what I believed or how I felt emotionally. On the outside, I appeared put together. Still, I was full of anger, fear, doubt, disgust, frustration, and all the "uncleanliness" on the inside.
It all stemmed from me believing Satan's deception that if I'm taking care of myself physically, the rest will work itself out.
God didn't create it to work that way though...
If you don't lose weight God's way, this is what you end up with; a nice looking outside but a messed up inside.
When we don't change our minds and hearts, we tend to revert back to bringing ruin to our temples.
That's when we turn into a health hypocrite; someone claiming health but only changing the physical, not the emotional or spiritual.
I see this on social media, I hear it in the discovery calls I have with women. They say they eat really well and exercise. They don't understand why they aren't losing weight. Only to find out they are overeating, binging, over-drinking, skipping movement, laying on the couch all night and other behaviors that contradict what they claim.
All because they are trying to complete their "healthy" actions by powering through... not actually enjoying and wanting to do them for the glory of God.
Ladies, I pray you to consider losing weight God's way.
Lose weight physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Lose it, so you never gain it back again.
That's when you ditch the health hypocrisy live in FREEDOM in Christ!
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