by Ryan Wheeler
You can't fool God.
You can fool people; impressing them with your outward demonstrations of religion, but it just doesn't work with God.
Jesus tells a parable in Matthew 21:28-32 that should speak to us all.
28 “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’ 29 And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he regretted it and went. 30 The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, ‘I will, sir’; but he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.
Lip service won't get you anywhere. This is important for us to grasp as we all sing profound and lofty statements to the Lord through our modern worship music all the time. When was the last time you considered if your lifestyle matches what you sing?
God loves to hear our voices speaking or singing to him. He wants to hear our hearts... did you catch that? Our hearts. He is not interested in us speaking or saying things to him out of religious habit or duty.
God says in Isaiah 29:13-14,
“Because this people draw near with their words
And honor Me with their lip service,
But they remove their hearts far from Me,
And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote,
Therefore behold, I will once again deal marvelously with this people, wondrously marvelous;
And the wisdom of their wise men will perish,
And the discernment of their discerning men will be concealed.”
He is after your heart, Christian, not your lips. Consider what your offering will be today!
Milton Hubbard has served as Pastor of Living Word Assembly since 1977
Ryan Wheeler serves as Associate Pastor at Living Word Assembly.