// Read Mathew 15:1-11 //

15 Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”

Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’[a] and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’[b] But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:

“‘These people honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain;
    their teachings are merely human rules.’[c]

10 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand.11 What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”

Many people pay lips service to God and there heart is not loyal to Him. The whole law condensed to two (2) emphasize that we love God with the whole of our heart. Infact, Jesus said it is not possible to serve God and mammon (Matt. 6:24). It is very important that we serve God with our heart because that is when our service to him will be acceptable.
PRAYER: Pray that you will serve God with your heart and not your lips.

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