Therefore the Lord said: "Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandments of men. Isaiah 29:13
No one likes lip service and it is easily discernible when someone is honoring you with their mouth, but you know their heart is not in it. So it is with God, He hates it when people don't mean what they say and try and give honor and allegiance to Him when their hearts are somewhere else.
Millions have mouthed worthless oaths, walked an isle, prayed a prayer, got baptized and joined up, but very few have actually given their lives over to the complete control of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus confronted the rich young ruler, he told Him how religious he was and how he had kept the commandments and like many today would have told Him that he had attended church and Sunday school for years being a good person. Ask anyone on the streets if they will go to Heaven and why, and most will answer, because I am good.
In essence that is what the rich boy was telling Jesus, that he was good, but Jesus busted his bubble and said that no one but God was good! Then He told him if he wanted to be complete, he would have to sell everything he had and give it to the poor and then he could become a disciple. The boy couldn't do it as most today can't or won't do it because their wealth has their heart. If Jesus appeared to you today and asked you to give up all to follow Him, could you do it, could you put your trust in Him with your very life to provide all of your needs? That's what it takes to be a disciple of Christ, a total sell out!
O Israel, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. Psalm 115:9-11
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin