‘”Jesus replied, ‘You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce.'” Mark 7:6-7 (NLT)
According to Webster, a hypocrite is “a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings, puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion.” None of us start out trying to be a hypocrite but so often it ends up happening. What starts as a wonderful relationship with Christ somewhere along the way becomes a religion, a system of do’s and don’t. Yes found salvation as a free gift from Christ, but then we started to believe that God would love us more if we behaved certain ways. We slowly went from a relationship of grace to a system of works. We started spending more time knowing about God and less time knowing Him. And then it began to happen. Our Christianity became more about church and less about our life. So now we know how to “talk” about Jesus but know nothing about “walking” with Him. Jesus said it this way, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” True worship is from the heart and Jesus says that ours has become a farce. It doesn’t have to be this way. Instead, we can be real with God. We can come to Him seeking to really know Him. We can ask Him to reveal Himself to us in new and refreshing ways. We can renew our appreciation for His love and forgiveness. We can live in the reality of His grace and fellowship. Today, start afresh and begin to love Him again with all your heart, soul and mind.
Dear Father, help me search my heart. Help me to know where I have wandered from You. Forgive me for any hypocrisy and help me to live in the full awareness of Your love and grace.
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