“These Christians honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” (Matthew 15:8)
Most people in the U.S. still want to be labeled Christian. They want grandma and grandpa or mom and dad to be happy that they consider themselves a Christian. They want to be able to think they are going to heaven because they are “Christian.” Yet, Jesus says that many will “honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”
Most people don’t pretend to be Green Bay Packer fans. They either are or they are not. Most people don’t pretend to like liver. They either do or they don’t. Most people don’t claim to be Republicans when they are really Democrats. Yet, so many say they are Christian but really aren’t in their heart or mind.
A person who is a Christian follows Christ. They seek to follow Christ in all aspects of their life. They seek to follow His word. They seek to reflect His will. A Christian is not, simply some who says they believe that Jesus died for them and rose again so they can go to heaven. A Christian is a person who desires to follow Christ and honor Christ with their life.
How about you? Do you honor Christ with your lips only or your life?
Pastor Chad Starfeldt was installed at Shepherd of the Hills in June of 2012.