"The Lord says:
These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up of rules taught by men. Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."
As I read that this morning, I was compelled to pray those verses our over my life. Lord, help me to not honor you with my lips... Even now as I pen these words to this blog; I am aware of moments when my worship "looked" deep, or my words sounded near to God; but my heart was far from him. This is not how I want to live out my faith. My desire is to be as close to Him as humanly possible. I do not just want to know about him, or to know how to look the part. I want to be consumed with living for him. This is not something I just believe in; it is who I am. I have given my life for His cause. But I want it to be from the depths of who I am, that I serve him. Not just with vocation, or through lip service; but with my whole being, my whole heart. He gave everything for me on that cross; and I want to live in such a way that will honor what he did on that cross. Perfection will never be displayed through my life; but my fervent prayer is that love, kindness, goodness, forbearance, gentleness, and self control; are the character traits that I am remembered for.Not to my credit; but for simple fact that when I live this way, many will see the Father in me.
I have no idea where you are at in this journey of faith. But the very thing he did for me on the cross, he did for you. If you desire to know him then call out to him. He's is always available to us, and the best part is he cares, he loves, and he's faithful. I pray that this day you are inspired to press through what is easy, to get into a frame of mind and a lifestyle that places him first. It won't be easy; but it will be worth it.
Life is Beautiful!