And he said to them, Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;  in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ —Mark 7:6-7

            What is vain worship? It is when we honor our Lord with lips alone. It is having a heart that is far from Him. It is the teaching of men’s ideas and not the Word of God. This is hypocritical.

            So, I ask myself— Am I worshipping my Lord Jesus in vain? Am I honoring Him just with my lips? Is my heart far from Him? Am I teaching man’s ideas or God’s Word? Am I being a hypocrite?

            Oh my Father, may I be worshipping You “in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).   May my thoughts, words and deeds agree in honoring You. May I teach Your Word and not my own ideas. Oh, may this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!

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