Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “A prosperous life”
Our Bible verse for today: “My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to hear your words, but they do not put them into practice. Their mouths speak of love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice.” Ezekiel 33:31-32 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Don’t fake it”
Ezekiel was a prophet and priest who ministered among the people of Jerusalem prior to and after the invasion of the Babylonians in 586 B.C. Along with Jeremiah, Ezekiel was one of the prophets who repeatedly warned the people of coming judgment from God if they didn’t change their ways. But, the people wouldn’t listen. Oh, they pretended to listen, they claimed to be very religious and they even went through the motions of practicing their faith, but their hearts were far from God.
The primary way in which their hearts were far from God, was in the way they lived when they were not in church. As Ezekiel 33:31-32 says, they came to the worship services and sang the songs; they seemed to listen attentively as Ezekiel preached; they mouthed religious clichés and they gave their offerings; but then they walked out the doors and engaged in corrupt business practices, or they mistreated other people, or they lived the proverbial lives of “sex, drugs, and rock and roll”.
Jesus spoke of this same thing almost six hundred years later in Luke 6:46 when He asked the people, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’, and then not do what I say?”
One thing that really angers God’s is phony religion. He hates it. Few things make Him angrier than for people to claim the name of “Christian” – followers of His Son Jesus, but to then behave in ways that His Son Jesus never would have. “Christian” means “to be Christ-like”. So as His followers we need to ask “What was Christ like?” and then we need to behave that way too.
Today is Saturday, tomorrow is Sunday. When you go to church tomorrow and sing the songs will you mean the lyrics you are singing? When you listen to the sermon will you embrace the truths you hear and then walk out the doors of the church and live what you profess to believe?
A truly prosperous life is a life that is lived in right relation to God, in a way that honors Him. Live what you profess to believe.