These People Honor Me with their Lips, but their Hearts are Far from Me

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Happy Friday Saints.

In Matthew 15, Jesus addressed the Pharisees and scribes and called them “HYPOCRITES.” He said in verse 8, “THESE PEOPLE HONOR ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEARTS ARE FAR FROM ME.”

It’s possible to say the right thing with the wrong heart. We can sing God-glorifying hymns on Sunday with hearts that are far from God. We can recite Scriptures and have God’s mighty Word come out of our mouths but have no intention of living for the One who inspired it.

God’s not looking for people who always know what to say, sound wise, and speak eloquently. And because they always SEEM LIKE they know what they are talking about, we assume they are close to God.

We see in Romans 12:2 that the Lord wants “LIVING SACRIFICES” and that living for Him is “TRUE WORSHIP.”

Singing the right words without living the right way makes our worship worthless. Quoting Scriptures without any intention of doing what it says is useless. Preaching a powerful sermon without a corresponding lifestyle is hypocritical.

So don’t be too impressed by someone’s ability to communicate. Jesus said in Matthew 7:16, “YOU WILL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS.”

If we get our hearts right and treasure God above all else, we can give Him the best form of worship and offer ourselves as LIVING SACRIFICES. When the fruit of our lips matches the fruit of our lives – this is HOLY AND PLEASING TO GOD.

Have a wonderfully restful and peaceful weekend. God bless and lots’a love,
Warren


Pastor Warren Retzlaff