The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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05/03/2017

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On The Outside Only


"Why do you call me, Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?" (Lk.6:46). "These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me" (Matt.15:8).

When Jesus posed the question of why people call Him, Lord, Lord and do not do what he says, He found many folks on the list. Another group on that list are the lip service people... The question condemns lip service that has no heart. He blistered the scribes and Pharisees for their "all-lip" and "no heart" religion in today's 2nd verse. One of the important lessons Jesus teaches us is that one of the conditions of acceptable worship comes from the spirit of a person's nature... John 4:24 is a signature verse that explains this fully... "God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship Him is spirit and in truth." There are two more verses that serve as an indictment against lip service. In speaking about the religious leaders of the day, He said; "So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach" (Matt.23:3). "They claim to know God, but their actions deny Him" (Titus 1:16). A religion that is worn on the outside, busies itself as long as it is cheered on by the public parade... "Everything is done for men to see..." (Matt.23:5). This religion fails miserably in the small, unobserved acts of discipleship, because it springs from an impure and ulterior motive. Under these circumstances, not matter what one professes, there is no Lord in it... I want to wrap this up with just one more of Jesus' teachings... "Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven" (Matt.6:1). Calling Jesus, Lord, Lord, should be reflected by our daily actions... Lets be sure to look within ourselves so that our service to God is not on the outside only...

Have a wonderful day.... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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