Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, 2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; 4and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) 5So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” 6He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; 7in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.’ 8You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”(Mark 7:1-8, NRSV)
When we do things to be seen for doing something that is not what God called us to.
God knows the intentions of our hearts and knows why we do the things we do.
We may think that we will be rewarded for doing good deeds, but good deeds don’t matter. God’s grace is what is needed for life with God, and our deeds are clanging cymbals and empty promises.
God knows your heart and will not see actions that hold no love.