“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.” — Mark 7:6
The Pharisees and scribes had a culture of sounding and looking holy, but it wasn’t genuine. When they came to Jesus, asking about the way His disciples observed certain washings, He pointed out that, like the people in Isaiah’s day, they honoured Him with their lips but not their hearts.
What a convicting thought! I am afraid, we often do the same thing. We say the right things. We affirm with our lips that we believe in God and want to honour Him, but the truth is that our hearts are often far from Him.
This applies to our obedience to Scripture, our willingness to carry out the Great Commission, and so many aspects of our lives. May God help us to not just focus on external words and actions but on pure hearts and genuine faith. If our hearts are really where they need to be, then it will affect everything about us, not just the externals.