Lip service.

March 28, 2014.

“And the Lord said: ‘Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me,and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men, therefore, behold, I will againdo wonderful things with this people, with wonder upon wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the discernment of their discerning men shall be hidden.'”
(Isaiah 29:13-14)

Are we too arrogant? Has the word of God only been revealed to us? Are we infallible? I believe there is a good portion of Christians who would fall into one of these categories without even knowing it. Today I am making my post short and sweet. Today is a day of reflection. Do we know the truth?

Did you know that our worship can be considered simple lip service by God? Just because we worship does not mean we are doing it in an acceptable way, or that we are right in the sight of God with the other parts of our lives. The Lord is talking through Isaiah to the people, telling them that just because they worship him does not mean they are close to him. I believe the same thing could be today. Jesus said this in his ministry:

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
(Matthew 7:13-14)

The path is narrow, and there are few that find it. This is not to say that anyone who seeks genuinely won’t find it, because they will. Jesus said “seek and you will find.” That’s a promise. The problem is, there are so many different teachings and philosophies today that bias tends to take over and lead people astray. We need to go back to a clear reading of scripture, and accepting what it says. I know it is harder than that, but I believe this (plus a deep understanding of Christian love) is the path to unity. May God be with us.

Suggested Daily Reading: Isaiah 29, Matthew 5-7.

The grace of God be with you.

-Walter

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