An Appreciative Attitude

Sunday, March 5, 2023

“He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Mark 7:6,7 KJV).

What matters most is not the lips but the heart!

Dear friends, we can say anything and everything delightful but still be insincere. “I love the Lord.” Do we really love Him though, or is it just something nice we flippantly declare out of mindless habit? “The Bible means everything to me.” Is that actually the case, or are we just trying to impress our preacher or Bible teacher with superficial spirituality? “I am so thankful for your prayers.” Does this mean we truly care that Christian brethren are thinking about us so we can be in God’s will, or are we interested in merely being at the center of attention? “I enjoy church.” Is this really because we are growing in the Scriptures there, or only due to the amusement we find “in the sanctuary?” These are extremely personal questions, and if we exercise critical thinking in regards to them, we know just where we need to adjust our lives.

In today’s Scripture, Christ condemned hypocrisy that was parading in the name of Judaism. Even in Isaiah’s day more than 700 years earlier, this was a major problem in the nation Israel (see Isaiah 29:13). People were singing about the Lord, praying, attending synagogue and temple services, celebrating feast days and other holy days, but for nearly everyone there was no heart faith, no real desire to worship the Lord or better know what He was doing. It was all about their activities.

May our Bible study, prayer, and church attendance mean genuine hunger for the truth. If we are truly grateful for the Lord Jesus Christ and all that He has done for us, we will use our resources wisely to see that we learn about it and that we tell others about it. This heart attitude is of far greater importance than any mere singing moving hymns, reciting elaborate prayers, and preaching long sermons. Remember, we may fool others, but we can never fool the Lord!

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Christian ambassador (Shawn Brasseaux)

Grace and peace! What a privilege to be an ambassador for the risen Christ here on WordPress! I am a Pauline dispensationalist Christian saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus plus nothing! My goal is to "have all men saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:3,4). I seek to preach Jesus Christ crucified for our sins, buried, and raised again for our justification as the only way to salvation. Also, I seek to edify and perfect the saints using dispensational Bible study and the Authorized Version King James Bible!