These people draw near Me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor Me, but they have removed their heart far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the precept of men.
Isaiah 29:13

26.JPGWhen our Christianity fits in a box, adheres to the norm, and comes out perfectly shaped like the people around us’, the time has come to rethink our mold.

Thinking doesn’t always come naturally. It’s far too simple to just do lip service. To honor the Master by our words and impress others by our eloquence. But far too often reality is that the heart is at a great distance from God… We’ve succumbed to a counterfeit love by the limited generic form of being whatever our doctrine declares us to be.
We adopt the rules, laws and dogma of man to thereby portray a seemingly godly existence. Good standards and holy living reach a higher level than the cross of Christ, and that is the greatest detriment to our love for God.
Can we dare to frustrate His grace in such a manner? His utmost desire is not the walk, the talk and the look, but it’s the heart. We can do all the outward, but it’s useless when the heart is set on something other than what Christ has done.

“I feel as if Jesus Christ died only yesterday.” So stated Martin Luther. Such a vivid conviction is imperative to captivate the heart and turn it towards God. The utmost sacrifice is of little value when the sight of the cross is diminished. It’s the heart broken by the limpidity of the towering, blood-stained cross that God inhabits. And out of that crushing comprehension, new life can bloom.