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Many give lip service to the Bible and claim to believe that it is the Word of God. When Jesus was walking the earth, the Jews thought they were worshiping God when in reality they were just following the traditions and commands of men. Jesus said this worship was vain or useless (Matthew 15:1-10).

Do we really know what God has said in His Word? Do we believe what the Holy Spirit inspired writers recorded for us in the Bible? Are we following God in our worship or like the Jews, are we listening to what men (preachers, teachers, the world) say about our spiritual life? For example, Jesus said that not every one that says, “Lord, Lord” will be saved (Matthew 7:21). In our everyday language, that means we can’t just “talk the talk”, we must also “walk the walk”!

Paul wrote “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus…and being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Phil, 2:5-8). Jesus “walked the walk” so that we could be saved. Should we not be willing to give our life as a “living sacrifice” to Him?

The Jews of long ago didn’t have a “ready reference” as to what God commanded as we do today. Open your Bible and read it. Some day every ear will hear its words and every knee will bow to Jesus.

John K. Wills
Owingsville, KY

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