And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear what you say but they will not do it; for with lustful talk in their mouths they act; their heart is set on their gain. And behold, you are to them like one who sings lustful songs with a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument, for they hear what you say, but they will not do it.
Some people collect knowledge like others collect coins. They are addicted to new tidbits of information. They are seminar junkies. They cannot turn down a new study Bible or Bible study. But like too much food and too little exercise does damage to the waistline, unapplied knowledge damages the soul.
In today’s passage God told Ezekiel that the people loved to hear him teach. He likened Ezekiel’s messages to “one who sings lustful songs with a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument.” But after listening to the message, “with lustful talk in their mouths they act; their heart is set on their gain.” They were hearers but not doers.
How about you? Are you eating too much and exercising too little, spiritually speaking? Do you appreciate the beautiful voices and well-played instruments of a worship service but neglect practicing the truth of the songs? Do you enjoy a good sermon like a good steak but never use the spiritual food for spiritual exercise? Do you speak love with your mouth but continue greed in your heart? Convicting, isn’t it? Today is the day to put knowledge into practice.
Talking to God
Father, convict us if we are all knowledge and no heart. Point out where we are enjoying the love songs but not sharing the love. Forgive us for speaking truth with our mouths but not living out the truth we proclaim. Show us where our words and actions don’t match up. Give us the desire and courage to change. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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