Judged by Sunlight

Whenever I dwell on the topic of hypocrisy, I am reminded of a wonderful illustration of what it truly reflects. Let’s just say, you might find this description somewhat “illuminating”:

            During the heating/cooling process of pottery-making, a jar could suffer minor cracks. Melted wax would be used to patch the flaw and keep the piece intact. A perfect vessel would be sine cera, the (Latin) root word from which we get our English word sincerity, translated “without wax.” A potter could usually pass off a defective piece as flawless-unless it was held up to the sunlight.  

           Digging deeper, you’ll discover that the Greek word used for sincere is elikrenes, which means “judged by sunlight.” Any imperfections in our character–no matter how tiny–are magnified by the brilliance of the sun’s rays, when held up to its translucency. God’s glorious light of perfection will always reveal our inadequacies. How genuine have you been when judged by SUN-light? Better yet, should we claim it as SON-light?

Isaiah 64:8- “…..we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.”

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