“So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain.” – Ezekiel 33:31
We go to church on Sunday, we tithe and give, we serve in a ministry at our fellowship and we even post nice sayings up on social media. When it comes to “church activity”, we are busy being God’s “hands and feet”. But when we go back to our vocations and outside activities, we sometimes leave all of that “church stuff” at church on Sunday (or Saturday, if that is your preference).
The church today is busy with activity and there is nothing wrong with that, we should be. But, is it activity that God asked us to be involved in? Is it something He has asked us to do, or are we doing it because it makes us feel better about ourselves?
God is not going to judge the activity, He is going to judge the heart with which it was done. He is going to look at the motive. You can say one thing but your actions and the way you live your life will show your true heart. And what is even more interesting is that many think that others cannot see their hypocritical lifestyle but they do, it is evident in the fruit of our lives.
Jesus said, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:6) This walk with Christ is not always an easy one, it takes discipline and the laying down of self, which is one of the most difficult things for us humans to do. But with Christ, all things are possible. When we take steps to be obedient because we love Him, He gives us the capacity to fulfill His will.
Today, think about what you are doing for the Lord. Is it what He has asked you to do? We are commanded to go out, share the gospel and make disciples. Maybe we should stop simply posting good sayings on social media and actually share Jesus with someone we work with or the cashier at the store. What will you do with Christ today?
“Thou hast struck a heavy blow at my pride, at the false god of self, and I lie in pieces before thee. But thou hast given me another Master and Lord, thy Son, Jesus, and now my heart is turned towards holiness, my life speeds as an arrow from a bow towards complete obedience to thee. Help me in all my doings to put down sin and to humble pride. Save me from the love of the world and the pride of life, from everything that is natural to fallen man, and let Christ’s nature be seen in me day by day.” – The Valley of Vision