Read Isaiah 29:13-24
Where’s Our Passion?
“These people make a big show of saying the right thing, but their heart isn’t in it. They act like they’re worshiping me, but they don’t mean it. They just use me as a cover for teaching whatever suits their fancy.” Matthew 15:8 MSG
There is a danger lurking within every church and every believer. It has caused wars, the killing of many innocent people, and generations of conflict between professing Christians.
When we become devoted to doctrine and causes instead of Jesus, we have become members of “The Church of the Latter Day Scribes and Pharisees.”
As noble as defending the faith may seem, it should never become a higher agenda than the Greatest Commandment or Great Commission.
Jesus’ displeasure with the hypocrisy and legalism of the scribes and Pharisees of the day serves as a constant reminder that it’s not about doing or saying, but about being.
When churches define themselves as being sanctuaries for saints instead of hospitals for sinners, Jesus will not be found among them.
How many man-made agendas for building bigger sanctuaries or pointing out the faults of other denominations become the main thing instead of kingdom-building through evangelism and discipleship?
“The heart is deceitful above all things.” (Jeremiah 17:9). We must always guard our hearts so that religion does not become our God. We need to pray continually for the spiritual wisdom to know the difference between God’s purposes and man’s agendas.
May our passions always be Christ-centered rather than self-centered.
Father, help me to take You and Your Word more seriously and myself and the doctrines of men less seriously. In Jesus' name,Amen.
“They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away.”
Isaiah 29:13b NLT
“By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”
1 John 2:6
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