We have all heard of lip service, where we serve God in words only and our actions and hearts are far from God. Then, there is what I like to call work service, that is, service where we serve God with our actions but still our hearts and even our words are far from Him. Today, we must understand that God requires something different of us, He requires Heart Service from those of us who believe in Him.
God requires service that issues not just from our words and not just from our christian work, per-say, but from our hearts. God requires our service to Him to flow from our hearts. Through Isaiah the great prophet, God spoke to His people in Jerusalem and the greater Judea area, who had good formal religious rituals down-packed, but God let them know quickly that He was not well pleased. They even decided to serve God with their words and with extra rules to maintain, what would seem to anybody looking from the outside, that they really feared God.
No so according to the Word of the Lord given to them through Isaiah the prophet. We can listen in and learn reading in Isaiah 29:13-15, and it says as follows,
(13)”Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:”
(14)”Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent menshall be hid.”
(15)”Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?”
Here we see the Lord informing His people that He sees their hearts in addition to listening to their words and seeing their hidden actions. God truly sees in the Dark. We cannot hide our true feelings and nature from Him with an outward facade of religious actions. We must have Heart Service where we serve God in Spirit and in truth (John 4:24), because, according to Jesus, this is what God requires. We must have the type of heart service where our words and actions follow our intentions and true beliefs.
Our hearts must say: ‘for God I live and for God I die,’ not just with our words but from the heart. Our hearts must say, ‘I love you Jesus and I lift your holy name.’ Words are cheap, we can always say things that we don’t really mean, but we can, also, mean things that we don’t really say. And this is what God sees.
The question, then, is what is the real meaning behind our service to God?
How Do We Give God Heart Service As Opposed To Lip Service?
We do so with the correct motivation and intent for serving God. The right motivation needed to serve God is from a heart that truly loves the Lord. We carry a desire and mental attitude to please God in everything we do, and with everything we say, and everything that we think.
Secondly, we must have an honest relationship or fellowship with God throughout each day. Since God sees our secret works, the motives of our hearts, and even reads our thoughts, we cannot really hide anything from God. In Proverbs 15:3 says,
‘The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.’
That is to say, God sees the good, the bad, and the ugly. He sees it all, and misses nothing. This is why we as human beings don’t always understand how God works. We even have the nerve to say, ‘If I were God I would do this or that,’ not understanding that if we were God we would see things from a much much greater vantage point.
God had to inform the prophet Samuel as he went to choose a King of Israel from among Jesse’s sons, how He really judges. We will discover, in I Samuel 16:7, that God’s sight and insight is on a much higher plane than ours. He says,
But the LORD said unto Samuel, “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”
All we can see is what is on the outside. And, although many of us think we can really read people, only God sees people from the inside out. He knows our Motives, He knows our Desires, and He knows the real Reason behind the Reason that we do what we do! He Knows it All!
In fact, God knew it from the foundation of the world!
God was telling Samuel, in essence, that He was looking for man with good heart service and not just good lip service, and not just work service. This is because God knows the words and the works will follow the right mental attitude and heart of holy perfection in fellowship with Christ.
Finally, we have to have a heart that fears the Lord. If we don’t think we need to fear God, as many now teach, then its no way that we will have a heart that actually seeks God. We must understand that to fear God, as defined in Proverbs 8:13, is to hate evil. To hate evil in pride, in arrogance, in the evil way of living, and in a rebellious mouth. Until we hate evil from our hearts and from our minds, we will not fear God.
Futhermore, we also know that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom; and knowledge of the holy is understanding, according to Proverbs 9:10. We are not truly wise people until we fear God and hate what He hates, and love what He loves. We must agree with God in all things!
Our prayer even right now must be: ‘LORD, in all things We want to agree with You! In Thoughts, Words, and Deeds, we want to agree with you! In everything we want to have the fear of God!’
This fear of God that we learn to obtain, will lead us to start thinking Godly and not worldly. This fear of God will lead us to have Godly intentions and attitudes in everything we do. Then, we will start to repent of our sins from the heart and truly become reconciled to God in Christ.
Then, before we know it, we will have started serving God with heart service and not just with lip service; and one fine day, when this life is over, we will stand before Him and hear Him say, “WELL DONE, WELL DONE, you stumbled, but you finished the race, you faltered, but you finished the Christian race, you finished the race to Win; WELL DONE!” A-MEN