PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 15:1-11
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” (Matthew 15:8)
Sometimes we need to get a check up on our heart, to see if everything is OK.
Jesus is challenging the hearts of these religious leaders, probing their devotion.
Through these words, Jesus is testing our hearts to, to measure their sincerity.
One way to test the heart is through a stress test: facing an opportunity or challenge.
Will you be generous, or sacrifice your time for someone else, or say NO to sin?
In those moments the strength and focus of our heart is revealed.
The Lord doesn’t want to shame us, He has already forgiven us and wants to help us.
But we have to be willing to come to Him and allow Him to test our hearts.
Some people have proud hearts, they think they are stronger than others.
Some people have half-hearts, they are only investing some of their love.
The Lord is looking for humble hearts, who are able to admit their weakness.
These religious leaders needed to face their hypocrisy, so they could be healed.
Jesus refuses to let your heart remain in bondage to pride, lust, greed, or whatever.
Open yourself to Him, let Him probe your heart; He can bring your heart close to Him!
Lord, You probe and test to heal us, not to hurt us. Help me to see both opportunities and challenges as times when You are strengthening my heart. I want to be closer to You!