Without the proper heart attitude, even
the “good things” we do will not count before God. It is the
condition of the heart that impresses God. Many say they love God, but deny Him
by their compromised lifestyles. A man cannot live in two worlds, nor can he
serve two masters. Ultimately, he will choose one over the other, even as Jesus
declared in Matthew 6:24. If we are not on fire with a love for God that causes
us to live in close relationship and in obedience with Him, we are lukewarm and
need to repent. Many people are spiritually blind, because they are rich in the
world’s goods and do not line their perspectives up with God’s truth.
The Lord will not accept the sacrifices
of the wicked, nor will He hear their music. Their worship songs are just noise
to Him because their hearts are not right before Him: “I hate, I reject
your festivals, nor do I delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you
offer up to Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept
them; And I will not even look at the peace offerings of your fatlings. Take
away from Me the noise of your songs; I will not even listen to the sound of
your harps. But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an
ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5:21-24).
While the way of the wicked is an
abomination to the Lord, He loves those who follow after righteousness. We must
be totally committed to God’s will if we are to be overcomers. A compromised
life style brings judgment upon us and it will ultimately destroy our
relationship with the Lord. However, if we remain steadfast, and follow the
Lord daily, we will bring joy to His heart and be blessed.