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Looks Can Be Deceiving


READ: Matthew 15:1-11

These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.
—Matthew 15:8

On June 22, 2002, a 33-year-old pitching
star for the St. Louis Cardinals was found dead in his Chicago hotel
room. He was young, physically active, and appeared to be in good
health. However, the autopsy revealed that he had a 90-percent blockage
in two of three coronary arteries, an enlarged heart, and a blood clot
in one of the arteries. His appearance misled many to think that he was
physically healthy.

Jesus said that appearances can deceive people into thinking that they are spiritually
healthy. After the Pharisees accused Him and His followers of breaking
religious traditions by not washing their hands before they ate, Jesus
said that the Pharisees had laid aside commands of God for man-made,
religious traditions. He reminded them that kingdom righteousness was
not an outside-in job but an inside-out, transforming work of God.
Jesus said that they looked impressive spiritually, but their hearts
were diseased and distant: “[They] honor Me with their lips, but their
heart is far from Me” (Matt. 15:8). Their talk never matched their
walk, thus producing the illegitimate child of hypocrisy.

Spiritual
health is not determined by how we look, but by how we live. Let’s ask
God to search us, know our hearts, test us, and lead us in His way (Ps.
139:23-24).  — Marvin Williams

Search me, O God, and know my heart today;
Try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray.
See if there be some wicked way in me;
Cleanse me from every sin and set me free. —Orr

As we talk the talk, let’s make sure we walk the walk.

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