What Does God Want From Us?

From Bishop Jemmott’s book, Words of Encouragement: Book One

Lip service is the verbal expression of agreement or allegiance, unsupported by real conviction or action; or hypocritical respect. Jesus rebukes the religious leaders of His day by quoting the prophet Isaiah. “He replied, ‘Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.'” Mark 7:6-7 (NIV)

Jesus accused them of offering God unsupported allegiance without action or conviction. He also said that they replaced God’s teaching with their own teachings and traditions. Many of us are not too far removed from the religious leaders from Jesus’ day. We offer God lip service, but our hearts are far from Him. God does not want lip service or your sacrifices, he wants your heart. “For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” Psalm 51:16-17

Be Blessed,
Bishop Jemmott

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