In Ezekiel 33 verse 31 God had this complaint against His people, when they came to hear what Ezekiel had to say:
31 So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain.
Like God’s people in that day, do we show God love with our mouth but with our heart pursue our own gain ?
We must appreciate that relating to God is all about our heart. If our heart isn’t in it, it means and amounts to very little. When we only pay lip service to God, we not only short change God, we also short change ourselves. If we don’t give God our heart He cannot benefit us the way He wants to. In effect we don’t give Him access to our life, we remain disconnected from Him. If with our mouth we show Him love but with our heart pursue our own gain, we can develop a false sense of security in terms of God’s involvement in our life and how much He will benefit us.
God wants us under no false illusions, so He tells us through this scripture that ………what we truly love is best gauged…….not by the words of our mouth but…….by what our heart pursues.