I once knew a man who drove a Ferrari. Or rather, he drove a car that looked like a Ferrari. There was no way that he could afford the real thing, so he bought a ‘kit’ car. He was able to purchase the external shell of the car, which was then fitted over the frame of a much cheaper vehicle. So he had a car that looked like a Ferrari, but it didn’t sound like one or drive like one because in reality it was a Honda.

In the time of Jesus, the Pharisees were doing the same thing with their lives. Jesus sees through the deception and says to them that “you appear to people from the outside like good honest men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness” (Mat 23:28).

There is a constant temptation in the Christian life to just ‘pretend’ rather than put in the hard work of conversion. We can look virtuous and maybe even sound virtuous, but the engine that drives our life is anything but virtuous. Instead of taking the cheaper option of just being a Christian on the outside, we need to be prepared to invest our whole life in the journey of transformation so that we truly become a Christian in reality and not just in name.