“One day, some of Israel’s leaders came to me and asked for a message from the LORD. While they were there, the LORD said: Ezekiel, son of man, these men have started worshiping idols, though they know it will cause them to sin even more. So I refuse to give them a message!”
Just because someone asks or inquires what the Bible says, does not necessarily mean that person intends on living according to it. It just might be that the opposite is true. We can, of course, see and sniff out hypocrisy in others, but might be blind to it in our own lives. Whenever we go to church and sit under the preaching of God’s Word but have no intention of really doing anything but getting spiritual brownie points through attendance, we must locate ourselves along with the hypocritical men who came to Ezekiel.
Listening to God’s Word, reading it on a daily basis, and even talking about it really means nothing unless we take a humble posture of intending to do what it says. So, what are the idols in our lives? What things hinder us from doing what the Bible says to do? What will we do about it? God is looking for repentance and faith in Jesus, and not us keeping up appearances to righteousness.
Holy God, you desire a penitent heart, sincere faith, and an obedient life. May it be so in my life to the glory of Jesus through the energy of the Holy Spirit. Amen.