Do You Honor God with Your Lips or with Your Heart?
Written by Christi Given | November 5, 2012
Many times people worship in church every Sunday, yet live a lifestyle completely different than the one they proclaim as a believer. Granted, we all have weaknesses and no one is perfect, but this is not an excuse to sin. God knows our hearts, intentions, thoughts and motives. We all need each other and help in the body of Christ and in the church.
My question and challenge for you is: Do you personally honor God within and outside of church, or do you change into another person once you leave the gathering of believers? Do you live out what you believe?
I challenge you to pray about this, ask God to show you the areas you may need help in, and pray for others in your life who are on your heart.
God loves when you come to church, but your life should also reflect your beliefs by the fruit you bear which could be in fellowship, your lifestyle, reading the Word, prayer and other ways that are an outcome of being a believer
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples (John 15:4-8).
When we honor God by living a life of worship, it blesses Him and honors Him! Not only that, but we are shining lights for Him and living a life we were designed to live! For those who don’t do this, it is scary because they will answer to the Lord for their behaviors and if they cause another person to stumble, they will be held accountable.
The scripture I mentioned in the beginning of the article talks about motives, thoughts and intentions. God knows the depths of every person’s heart because He created us and knows every detail of our lives. This scripture is found several times in the Bible.
These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me (Matthew 15:8).
Isaiah puts it this way in Chapter 39 verse 13:
These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
This scripture refers to the people who were religious but didn’t serve God with the right heart. It says in verse 13, “Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.”
PI readers, what are your thoughts on this? Personally, I desire to reflect a heart after God like David in the Bible. This scripture is a great reminder and prayer to keep asking God to cleanse us and to give us the right heart and right spirit:
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me (Psalm 51:10).
God loves when we seek to honor Him wholeheartedly. Comment below and write a prayer, thought, or request you have. May God continually bless you always.