Friday, September 15, 2006

Exposing our Hearts

“Whenever God speaks, what we do next exposes the condition of our hearts.” ~ Henry and Richard Blackaby; Hearing God’s Voice

How we live and what we do say more about what we believe about God than everything we have said about what we believe. It is relatively easy to say something, but it is another thing altogether to demonstrate that belief.

“But what do you think about this? A man with two sons told the older boy, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ The son answered, ‘No, I won’t go,’ but later he changed his mind and went anyway. Then the father told the other son, ‘You go,’ and he said, ‘Yes, sir, I will.’ But he didn’t go. Which of the two was obeying his father?” ~ Matthew 21:28-31 (NLT)

Each son heard the father’s request, and it is through their actions that the love for their father is seen, not in their words. It is very important for us to respond in obedience when we receive a word from God, for this reveals the love we have for God.

Our obedience reveals the love and trust we have in God. We have made it pretty simple to be a Christian in this country; our expectations for members are pretty low. We are pleased if they come to church a couple times a month and put a little bit into the offering plate. We don’t challenge them to serve or even change the way they live.

God expects so much more from us than what our local congregations expect. Not because God is mean and wants to give us a heavy burden, but because He knows the best life has for us is following Him. Not simply obeying rules, but loving and serving people the way He has from the beginning.

When we are not willing obey God it shows us that our hearts are not in the right place. According to Jesus our love is seen through our obedience. God expects us to love Him, and that means obeying everything He has given to us.

When God reveals a need to us, our responsibility is to find way to meet that need. When God puts a project on our heart, our responsibility is to get involved. When God shows us service which needs to be done, our responsibility is to serve. We will if our hearts are in the right place.

So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the Devil. Anyone who does not obey God’s commands and does not love other Christians does not belong to God. ~ 1 John 3:10; NLT

2 comments:

Wings that Soar said...

Paul, I agree totally that the local church does not do the job we are called to do. We do need to challenge them to get involved in local ministries. We are also not very good at holding them accountable. What is even sadder than that is we are not very good at following the example Christ set for us. You're right, if our hearts are in the right place we will naturally be obedient.

Paul said...

Tammy,
I think we get distracted too easily from doing those things God has asked us to do. So I think part of the challenge we face is to continue to keep our eyes on Jesus.

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