Get Real

Jesus confronts religious hypocrisy - honoring God with words, not the heart.

Mark 7:6 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.’

Jesus confronts religious hypocrisy – honoring God with words, not the heart.

This penetrating statement invites us to examine if we’re simply going through empty motions or genuinely connecting with God.

Words Without Heart

It’s possible to get so accustomed to religious routine that our hearts grow distant, even as we maintain spiritual disciplines.

Our prayers, worship, and Bible reading risk becoming hollow forms.

When this happens, repentance is needed.

We must turn from pretense and get real with God again. Even good practices can become a “going through the motions” exercise when the heart’s not engaged.

Returning to First Love

Think back to when your relationship with God was new.

Remember the joy and awe of His love and the sincerity of your devotion. Though the freshness fades, the foundation of genuine love remains.

Return afresh to your first love by pouring out your heart without pretense.

God sees straight through to our core anyway. You can’t fake a real relationship. What matters is the tender disposition of a turned heart.

For God’s Eyes Only

This verse is a call to drop the performance and instead cultivate an inner life with God marked by transparency, authenticity, and unpretentious affection.

It’s summed up in four words – get – real – before – God!

Lord, Ignite My Heart Afresh

Lord, I confess that my devotion can become routine when I lose sight of You. Revive sincere passion in my heart.

When I start going through empty motions, refocus me on connecting with You out of genuine love, not obligation. Purify my motives so my life pulse aligns with Yours.

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