I am learning the habit of always sitting back to ask myself why I am doing the things I do. My honest,ego ripping answers draw me back to King Humility’s footstool,ashamed and amazed at how far my heart can wander.
The state of our hearts is of utmost importance in this Narrow Way walk.
[Now,pause. Grab your Bible. Open to Matthew 6:1-6. Read with me,please. The MSG translation is my fav for this.]
Jesus was simply trying to make us see that while what you do counts,why you do it counts even more.
I’m allowing this question [Why are you doing what you do?] be a guard for every thing I find myself doing.
For example,many times,I’m about to post something on my WhatsApp status. Basic stuff. But then,when I drag away the beauty of the picture or just for updating sake,there’s an underlying motive. Sometimes,it’s because I’m seeking comments,praise or admiration. Scratch ‘seeking’. ‘Needing’ is the word.
Something to make me ‘happy’.
[Now,while compliments are important,leaning on them for ‘feeling good’ might just not be a right thing to do. So,I make sure my heart is right first.
Being active on social media is okay.
But be sure you’re watching the state of your heart,even there.
Now this might seem basic to you. But okay. I’m just being real with you about the stuff I deal with.]
When you give to others,what’s in your heart?
To be noticed by others or you’re seeking a thank you and an amount of respect or because you genuinely care?
I shamefully admit that in the past,when praying in gatherings,I try to be a little bit louder,say the words a little bit better just in case anyone is listening.
In doing this,I’m not connecting with the Father. My heart is focused on the physical. The impression I am making.
I know better now.
[Now,there’s absolutely nothing wrong with praying out loud in gatherings. It is totally okay. I do pray out loud. But,now when I do,I make sure my heart is out loud to the Father and is not focused how good my words sound or how perfect and detailed the prayer is.]
1Samuel 16:7b(NLT) makes it clear:
[The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.]
We have a Father who sees everything. Even through the cracks of your heart.
David said in Psalm 17:3a(NLT):
[You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night].
When your heart is right,God can work mightily in you and through you to bless you and others.
You see,when you allow the Holy Spirit judge your motives, it’ll be easier to say No to a lot of things and find peace in doing other things.
So,pause. Take sometime out to sit and assess yourself. If possible,make a list of the things you’re currently engaged in [activities,relationships,etc] and ask yourself “Why am I doing this?”(You’ll be surprised at the number of things you’ll be knocking off your list).
If your answer makes you cringe,don’t condemn yourself.
Ask the Holy Spirit to set your heart right instead.
He’s interested in your heart.
So set it right with Him.
Remember,it’s not just ‘What’. It’s ‘Why’.
Say this prayer with me:
“Lord,search my heart. Let everything that I do be from a right heart. May I never say one thing with my lips and mean another thing in my heart. Let my heart always be tender towards you. Let your word guard and guide my heart. In Jesus name. Amen”.
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This series is called the Narrow Way Life series and I’d be sharing a few things from God’s word with y’all(This is Part2. You can read Part1 in the previous post).
If you’ve never given “Christianity” much thought,there’s no better time than now. Send me an email(email@example.com) and let’s talk. Jesus loves you and He wants to make your heart His home and wants you to spend eternity with Him.
I’m still open to suggestions and contributions. Your comments and kind words so far have been great and they push me to do better.
Part3 will be here soon.
Stay Safe,Guard your heart.
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