Check out this donkey! Cute, eh?
Or how about this hot rod... I have a secret love for mustangs! Do you like this yellow one? I sure do.
Lets see... what else can I share with you today? Hmm. Oh! I know! I took a picture outside this morning - so sunny and BEAUTIFUL, don't you think?
Don't adjust your screen. Don't think I am crazy. And quit scratching your head! You know that really was a cow and not a donkey, right? Good. Just checking. That means that you likely didn't fall for the orange Gremlin being a yellow mustang and the rainy day being a beautiful sunny day, right? Good. We are making progress, folks!
If you tell your family or friends that you have a part-time job as a roadie for the Newsboys or that you are actually famous in Italy for your piano compositions, will they believe you? Probably not. And why? Because they know you and they are close to you.
"What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say" - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Here is another example - You tell God that you are willing to succumb to His greatness and follow His will for your life. You tell Him you are going to come to church one day, but that its just so hard because you work so many hours and you cannot work less hours, of course, because then you can't pay your bills, right? Sigh. Life is hard, I know - You want to worship God, but you have to work to make money in order to support yourself. So... um, uh, did you just put money before God? oh, goodness, I think you did. And to think He has even told you that He always provides! Or maybe you were too busy focusing on money that you missed that part!
It doesn't have to be money, it could be anything -- sleep, attention/acknowledgment, cars, sex, a loved one, a hobby, or any <insert superb noun (or verb, for that matter) of choice> that we focus our attention on rather than Him. FORSAKE ALL THINGS FALSE.
You may think you are fooling someone, but GOD SEES EVERYTHING. And I mean EVERYTHING! He knows you better than your friends and family. You tell Him you want Him to be there for you, to look out for your loved ones, to help you with this, to give you that. But where is your heart?
Joshua told the Israelites that they had an important decision to make -- whether they wanted to serve God or serve their idols. Serving both is a hypocrisy! In Isaiah 29:13 we learn - "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."
Remember this: He is watching you... and He knows where your heart is even if you try to hide it with your words.