A Heart for God
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.Proverbs 4:23
The Word says God looks at our heart. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7) Since the Lord looks at our heart, and our heart reveals everything about us, then how important is it to have a heart for God? What exactly is a heart for God and how do we get a heart for God?
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21) Our heart is reflected by our thoughts. The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. (Genesis 6:5) This verse reveals the thoughts of the people just before God flooded the earth, which tells us God knows our heart from our thoughts. So how do we get our thoughts pleasing to God?
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. (Romans 8:14) Once we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are filled with the Holy Spirit and we are in the family of God. Now that we are in the family of God we are destined to be molded to conform to Jesus, having the mind of Christ. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (Romans 8:29) For all those who choose Christ as their Savior are predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son. Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. (1 John 2:6) If we are to conform to Jesus, then we must live a Jesus did.
Let’s look at how Jesus lived. Jesus’ purpose for his earthly life was to show the heart of God, show us how to live a Godly life, and take our sins to the cross. We are to do the same, show the heart of Christ, live the Godly life, and take up our cross and follow Christ. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24) We follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit and become a light in this world, and this changes our heart.
A heart for God is a heart that is always pointing people to Christ. Living our divine purpose dominants our thinking as we constantly seek to show Christ by our attitude and actions, and tell people about Christ whenever the opportunity exists. The more we live our divine purpose the more it becomes our life, and we are now living the life that God created us to live, which is the most fulfilling life.
Today be mindful of your divine purpose and reflect Christ to everyone. Seek every opportunity to tell people about the good news of Christ. Ask God to reveal opportunities to tell someone about the good news of Christ. Don’t get lost in self-centering thoughts because we can walk by someone that is hurting and not even notice.
Prayer: Lord, help me to always be aware of my divine purpose and to be proactive in seeking to point people to Christ. Guide me toward people that have a heart ready to receive Christ. Thank you for giving me a divine meaning for my life. In Jesus name, Amen