“So my people come pretending to be sincere and sit before you. They listen to your words, but they have no intention of doing what you say. Their mouths are full of lustful words, and their hearts seek only after money. You are very entertaining to them, like someone who sings love songs with a beautiful voice or plays fine music on an instrument. They hear what you say, but they don’t act on it! But when all these terrible things happen to them—as they certainly will—then they will know a prophet has been among them.” 33:31-34
They hear what you say, but they don’t act on it. James talks about this too. He says reading the Bible without applying it to your own behavior is like looking in the mirror and forgetting your own reflection as soon as you walk away. (James 1:22-25)
At some point, I scrawled “following Christian culture vs. following Christ” under these verses from Ezekiel in my Bible.
Am I just simply entertained by the message of the gospel, or does it impact my life?
Do I consume spiritual things without obeying and submitting to the message?
Ezekiel warns the people that they won’t even know a prophet has been among them until it’s too late. They won’t even realize these were God’s holy words until terrible things start to happen!
Read the verses from today’s chapter again. Do you catch yourself behaving this way? Maintaining a superficial relationship with God?
Here are a couple ways I know I’m really in it with God:
–It’s costing me something. A life with Christ will require sacrifice.
–Joy despite circumstances. If I still have an insatiable appetite for contentment, I know I’m in an unhealthy spot.
Are you able to recognize what it looks like for you?