PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Mark 7:1-8
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.” (Mark 7:6)
These words make me wonder how the Lord might assess religious people today?
These religious leaders were not insincere; they genuinely believed they were right.
Their religious beliefs and practices were based on the scriptures.
They thought they were honouring God, they thought they were obeying God.
This perfectly describes religious people today, including christians.
Both ‘far left’ and ‘far right’ christians believe they are honouring God.
Christians on both sides take their photo ops with their bibles.
But how does the Lord see them… how does the Lord see me?
Are my lips saying things that are not reflective of my heart?
Is my version of christianity also based on “merely human rules”?
Are my criticisms of the ‘other’ actually exposing my own hypocrisy?
If we don’t think Jesus’s words could apply to us, they probably do!
We all fall short of loving God and others like we ought to!
Which is a reminder to me why we all need God’s mercy and grace!
Lord, open my eyes where my religion draws my heart away from God and elevates myself and my ways above yours!