Wednesday, August 7, 2013

August 7, 2013
Matthew 15:7-9

Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:
     ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
      And honor Me with their lips,
      But their heart is far from Me.
      And in vain they worship Me,
      Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

Personal Challenge...

It can be so easy to get caught up in the teachings and doctrines of men and totally miss the mark of what God wants of us as Christians. This is what the scribes and pharisees did in the day of Jesus...making their doctrines and commandments more important than God's, and just as damaging, more than God's creation. Are we doing the same today with our myriad of teachings, doctrines  and faith practices? Are we elevating our images, our articulations of who God is and what He wants, above God Himself? God wants our hearts before He wants our worship, teaching  and doctrines. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us, sinners!

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