John Stott once wrote that “No comment could be more hurtful to the Christian than the words, ‘But you are no different from anyone else.'” At first glance, such a statement may not seem all that terrible. But when we realize that Jesus has called us to live a life that is so different than the rest of the world, those words might just reveal that we’re not following in the steps of Jesus at all. James 4:4 tells us that “whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” Ouch! So when our speech is impure, or we take in the same entertainment as everyone else, it’s more serious than we might think. Why? When our life looks more like the world around us, we are actually communicating falsely about God. Whether we intend to or not, by living like the world we are telling the non-believing world that Jesus doesn’t really make a difference in our life. This is hypocrisy.
If you identify with this, Jesus wants you to know that you are not without hope. You can’t change your life on your own, but He can.