“Oh, my child! Why haven't you listened to me?” He speaks a hard, but necessary, word this morning to my you and to me. “What you do speaks louder than what you say. You say one thing and do another. You instruct another in my ways, but then, without conscience, do the very thing you warned against. My Word calls for honesty and integrity in all areas of your life. There is no slack in this truth. When your witness does not support what you say is true, then you make my sacrifice worthless. It breaks my heart just as my body was broken for you. My blood was shed so that you might walk in newness of life-not wallow in the dire filth of your past. You have rationalized your actions until you no longer hear my gentle leading. I wait for you to hear. I long for you to hear. Give up the past ways that have defined you. Give up the things in your life that bring death. Don't get to the place where you have made so many excuses that you no longer feel my conviction. I want you to see that what you do does not support the faith you speak of so casually. I am not casual. I am life, and I wait for you to return to me. You cannot correct or rebuke or encourage another with patience and careful instruction if what you say is not realized in your own life. Live your life filled with my Word, and allow that Word to accomplish what it was sent to accomplish-new life in me. I love you child, and I long for you to hear my heart.”
This is hard, but I need to hear it again and again. How about you? The moment that I believe I understand all the incredible depths of my Lord is the moment I no longer grow spiritually. The moment that He becomes casual to me is the moment that I have placed other things before Him. The moment that my life does not support what I say is the moment I speak death instead of life. The moment I believe I have arrived is the moment that I have failed.
Today I give Him my life again. I lay all on His altar. I long only to hear His heart.