The great temptation is to make religion a matter of externalities alone; but to be, rather than to do, is the central thought of God with regard to the character of His people. To be beautiful within.
There is the danger of hypocrisy, the danger that we shall seem to be more devoted, more consecrated, more engaged with the things of God than we really are; and if I read aright the mind of Christ, there is nothing for which He feels such an aversion as for hypocrisy. And the essence of hypocrisy is trying to seem to be a little sweeter, a little better, a little more devoted than we really are.
You and I are not very important individuals; we are called to build the tabernacle of character in the lowly walks of life, – we are not filling very exalted stations. We are likely to be called upon to build just along some dusty highway, where the great mass of men must walk and suffer and serve, than to build upon some heaven-kissed peak where the whole world shall see it.
What does it matter, after all, for a few brief years, where we are or what work we are engaged in, if only it be we are like Christ as we move among men?
The danger is...that we shall forget, in the little things, to make life and character according to the pattern that was shown to us by Christ.
The Heavenly Pattern, C.I. Scofield