Long ago, the prophet Ezekiel had our number. He described the essence of what would be happening in thousands upon thousands of American Christian churches this morning.
“But as for you, son of man, your fellow citizens who talk about you by the walls and in the doorways of the houses, speak to one another, each to his brother, saying, ‘Come now and hear what the message is which comes forth from the Lord.’ They come to you as people come, and sit before you as My people and hear your words, but they do not do them, for they do the lustful desires expressed by their mouth, and their heart goes after their gain. Behold, you are to them like a sensual song by one who has a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument; for they hear your words but they do not practice them. So when it comes to pass–as surely it will–then they will know that a prophet has been in their midst.”
– Ezekiel 33:30-33
Jesus is the prophet in our midst. It is to Him that we should give heed. But what good does it do us to listen to His word if we don’t obey it?