Read Galatians 2:11-21
Have you ever had a friend confront you with a sin issue you’ve been struggling with? It is so hard to hear where you’re messing up and falling short. It is especially hard, but incredibly important, when you are rebuked by a mentor or friend that you hold in high esteem. No one wants to be confronted, but it is a vital aspect of our walk with Jesus.
In this passage, Paul is confronting Peter. Peter was acting one way before he was joined by fellow believers and another way after. But, it gets worse. “The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray (v.13).” Peter was not only poisoning his own life, but also the lives around him. His hypocritical ways were not in line with the gospel that he claimed to live by.
I am quick to criticize and judge Peter, but, in all reality, I am just like him. It is a harsh reality to realize that I am easily a hypocrite. I don’t want that to be me though. I don’t want to be the recipient of Paul’s confrontation. However, there are times that I am.
Friends, we have to open ourselves up to constructive criticism and confrontation. Not only that, but we should be inviting it. Find the right people to hold you accountable.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
When we claim to be followers of Jesus, we no longer only represent ourselves. Instead, we represent the body of believers…and, more than that, Christ Jesus.
Being a follower of Jesus is a big deal, one that comes with great responsibility (and great grace). Let us not be people of hypocrisy. Let us, instead, be people of love and grace.