The Heart Of The Matter
What is it about our hearts that make them so hard to navigate. Is it just me or do you ever feel like your heart is the USS 598, a 5 ton steam-liner going in the wrong direction and you have to grab the wheel and pull with all your might to get it turned around, going in the right direction again?! Jer. 17:9 says “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I try the reigns, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” Ok, so I’m going to refrain from preaching a 10 page sermon here, so let’s just focus on the first part. “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it!?”
How’s that for an encouraging way to start? “Good morning everyone, your heart is black!” So in an effort to vent my own spiritual frustration and somehow be an encouragement to you, I’m going to quickly give you a verse of hope. In Ezekial 11:19, God promises “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them! I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.” Now I know God is most likely speaking of the moment when we give our hard-as-a-rock, dead-as-a-doorknob hearts to Him in salvation and He in turn, gives us a new heart – one that is pliable and alive! And that is awesome! It’s most important. But I feel He’s also encouraging us that He can renew our hearts daily when we come to Him, confessing that our motives have been less-than-pure lately.
Is your heart like mine? Your doing so good for so long and then “wam” out of nowhere you have a ridiculously selfish, carnal thought? Like I said before, you’re surprised at the direction your heart is taking this ship and you frantically grab the wheel and ask for forgiveness and get back on course. Praise God we can do just that! 1 John 1:9 assures us that “If we confess our sins (the selfish motives of our hearts) God is faithful and just to forgive us of ALL unrighteousness!” The key is to allow the Holy Spirit to convict you and have the courage to grab the wheel and turn things around. If you don’t, if you ignore the Holy Spirit warning you about your selfish or sinful motives, your ship will continue to veer in the wrong direction, gaining more momentum with every mile and before you know it, you’ll be so far off course, not even those orange buoy things could convince you you’re wrong. Don’t wait for the buoys, get to the heart of the matter. Ask yourself “why am I doing what I’m doing?” And if the answer to that question is not truthfully “to honor God by…” then maybe you need to stop doing and allow God’s Spirit to start doing some work in you. God WILL give you a new heart IF you ask Him. After all, our motives are more important that our actions. Stupid buoys!