By Bill Curry, who serves with InFaith in Philadelphia
In Isaiah 29:13 the Lord says, “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based merely on human rules they have been taught” (NIV).
The Lord has impressed this verse upon me recently. Many times I am saying or doing the right things, but my heart is far from God.
I know the right things to say.
I can quote the right Scriptures.
I can offer the right counsel.
I fellowship with the right people.
I serve in the right ministries.
And yet I do not have the right heart.
Sometimes I get so busy trying to be a godly pastor, missionary, husband, father, and neighbor that I neglect my relationship with the Lord. It is so easy to simply go through the motions and put my spiritual life in cruise control. I can usually fool everyone but God.
This is my prayer: Lord, please do not allow me to settle for anything less than the best – a right heart that is continually growing more in love with you.