The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” Isaiah 29:13
Actions are something that are easy to do, but can fool many people. Just as with a magician doing a card trick as he makes it appear that the card appeared out of no where by magic, actions can appear to be with good intent. In the same way as the trick, actions are not always with the right heart.
People will often do certain things only because they are forced to do them, not because they want to do them. The actions are not really coming from the heart.
Isaiah has a prophecy against a city that has a set of actions that do not match up to their heart. God states that the people are quick to come to Him in word, but not with their heart.
It is easy for a person to claim to believe in and follow Jesus. It is easy for a person to go to church on Sunday and look good to the rest of the world. Doing these things can appear to most people that the person is a believer and is following God correctly.
The reason they can think this, is that man cannot see into the heart. Surface actions do not always reveal what is in the heart.
There are many people who go to church every Sunday, claiming to be a believer, but do not spend a moment with God outside of church. They never read the Bible, witness or pray. They have no relationship with God. It is all about appearance.
The true believer will worship God with full heart and spirit. Living for God will be something he wants to do, not something he has to do. It is all about the heart, not the actions. Actions will follow the heart.
Think about why you claim to believe in Jesus, then think about how you show that you believe in Jesus. Are you believing just to look good? Or are you doing it out of great love for God because of His great love for you?
Let everything that you say and do for God be done from the heart out of love. Do not let it just be a ritual or habit. Be alive in your worship of God with your whole life.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will love God with all of your heart; that you will do things out of love for God; and that you will honor God with your heart.