Words are a medium for the expression of thoughts, and thoughts are directed by the will; so Jesus, the Word of God, is the living embodiment of the thoughts and will of God; that was His role in the Godhead and that’s why He is known as the Word of God. Jesus limited Himself to thinking God’s thoughts, speaking God’s words and doing God’s will; so should we. In fact, that is the purpose of our calling; to be like Jesus.
Alas, too many of our Churches are filled with people who want the satisfaction of feeling right without the inconvenience of living right. They can be moved by an eloquent exposition of the word of truth but habitually pull back when it comes to putting it into practice. They enjoy the process without going on to pursue the intended outcome of that process. They are emotionally stimulated by the music of worship without ever touching the throne of God. They are like window shoppers admiring the display without intending to spend what it takes.
This is religion; and religion is the comfort of feeling that you’re on the winning side without having to be bothered about changing your lifestyle to any great extent. Religion is a place of refuge against the likelihood of hearing God speak to you. Of these, Jesus said; “I have known your works, that you have a name that lives, and are dead” (Revelation 3:1).
The fact is, you cannot say that you love God and yet do your own thing. We must seek to fellowship with the living, not the dead because “Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one doing the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).