Ezekiel 33:31 "So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain.
Ezekiel’s condemning words fit our generation as well – how many of us are faithful to Sunday yet forgetful on Monday. The church is not a refuge – it must be a place of preparation. Rarely is heard a dissenting word during the sermon but how much anger is expressed when the drive home is slowed by some thoughtless commuter. Few would openly question what our Lord commands but bristle when our Lord allows someone to test our devotion and faith. The doctrines and commands of Christ are of no value to our memory if they do not convict our motive. Speaking truth has no personal worth if it is not applied to our own lives. Periodic expressions of service and caring will not substitute for a compassion desiring the eternal salvation of others - quiet observation and respectful observance is not compliance. What goes through our minds when we are attending church? Are we fusing over what we will do when the service is over or are we focused upon our privilege and obligation to humbly come to His altar in brokenness, humility and contrition? Do we seek our Lord to enhance our own agenda or are we obediently devoted to submitting ourselves to His will?
Read through the Bible in one year – May 7/ Luke 24:1-35; 2 Kings 1,2,3