Wednesday, January 17 – Matthew 15:7-8
“You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy about you, by saying:
‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far away from Me.’”
We learn certain types of etiquette based on our cultural upbringing. We learn how to speak to adults or eat at the table. As a result, we learn how to play the parts of respectable people in our culture. You have probably seen someone use the right language of “Yes Ma’am” or “Yes Sir” with disdain and disrespect. These words and practices seem polite, but our hearts can still be completely cold toward the people we are addressing.
Getting to the heart of worship and past the façade is so important. Worship is a place for us to surrender to God and praise who He is. It is not a place for you to put forth your best religious efforts or get lost in routine. You may know all the polite practices for church, but God knows your heart. He knows when you are far from Him. Every time we come to worship, we approach a God who sees us. The question is, are we honest with Him about where we are? Whatever baggage we have from the week, we can bring to God when we worship rather than acting like everything is normal. Whatever hurt we have in our hearts, we can tell Him honestly when we raise our hands in surrender. In moments of explicit worship and every place in our lives, God wants us to be present with Him. He wants nothing short of your full self. Will you give it to Him?
- How do you struggle with surrendering to God?
- When have you come to worship with your heart far from God? When have you worship with your heart fixed on God? What was the same and different in those experiences?
- Pray and open your heart to God honestly about where you are right now.