The people of Judah who proclaim to be God’s people did not live out the way God wanted them to live. They oppress the foreigners, widows and orphans, steal, murder, commit adultery and worship other Gods. And yet they come back to God’s temple and think that because of the presence of God’s temple they will not get punished.
I need to obey and stay true to what God has called us to do because we are His people. I need to listen to Him as He is our great shepherd and He knows what is best for me. No amount of ‘doing’ things for God will ever replace the heart of obedience and submission to Him.