Jeremiah 29:13 (ESV)
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
Many problems arise when we are only partially committed to God. Holding on to the world while trying to serve God is truly impossible. James 1:8 tells us that “a double-minded man is unstable in all his way.” Hypocrisy keeps one from being dedicated to anything or anyone. Hypocrisy shows just how unaccountable a person is to godly principles. One will say one thing while knowing they are never going to follow through. Living a duplicitous life will keep a person from ever building true relationships with God or fellow man. These hypocrites are looking only for what benefits themselves and are willing to lie to get it.
Proverbs 11:3 (ESV)
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
All that one gains in false virtue is soon taken from him. There is an old song we used to sing “True hearted, whole hearted, faithful and loyal by thy grace we will be.” This is the aim of a sincere Christian. To have an outward righteousness that matches his inward righteousness. When a person puts up a false front he can never really move forward in his life for God. The words of Joel demands that we “rend our hearts not our garments” (Joel 2:13). God is interested in the heart and its trueness to Him and His principles. Anyone can say they are good but their actions are what prove it.
Isaiah 66:2 (ESV)
“…this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.
A true heart that serves without deceit is what God demands from us. Let us cleanse our hearts and mend our ways in such a way that they look and act the same.