Jesus faced a very difficult crowd – the Pharisees. Time and again, they complained to the Lord that His disciples were “not walking according to the tradition of the elders” (Mark 7:5). Jesus’ answer is heart-exposing; “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me” (7:6; Isaiah 29:13).
Have you allowed habits or tradition to harden your heart? It is a process that results from years of following what other people tell you, rather than RETURNING TO SCRIPTURE to see what God says and to follow Him. If you allow Him, our gracious God will do heart surgery; remove the old hard heart and transplant a new one, Spirit filled, tender and moldable.