Got some extra time on your hands and don’t know what to do with it? Have you ever helped out your neighbor when they never asked or volunteered down at the library for story time? How about assisting an elderly woman across the street? Think these things matter for yourself “Hey, look at me, I helped someone. I’m a good person”. Do you want to know where it really matters?-In your heart for God.
What’s the condition of your heart? “Doc says I’m doing just fine. Lookn’ good. No worries” I don’t mean the physical condition. I mean, are you right with God? Does your heart go pitter-patter and your palms get all sweaty and butterflies show up in your stomach when your wife asks, “What were you doing on the Internet last night?” Or, do you feel like throwing up when the person next to you questions the truth that you are concealing? In all ways, we may say that our heart is in the right place besides; no one really knows the truth because no one saw what happened.
He was there when you were up late texting that potential fling while your spouse is upstairs slumbering. He saw you sneak the last cookie when you are supposed to be watching your sugar intake. No matter what you believe you are getting away with, the truth will always be revealed at some point in time because it cannot hide.
“For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.”(Luke 8:17)
On one hand, God could care less how many people you help because if you’re doing it just to look good, you are like a “clanging cymbal”; because your heart is not in it for love, instead it is in it for your own self-satisfying reward.
God calls us to be clean and pure of heart and to live life for him and not ourselves, but the amazing part is that we don’t have to clean up our heart’s condition alone. He accepts us right where we are and works us through the process if we are willing.
That is the prerequisite. Are we willing to turn away from what we know is wrong and ask Him to help clean up the mess we have made.
God knows and understands that on a daily basis we have to fight what our fleshly desires. Yet, it is up to use to decide whether we will allow Him to be a part of the process or just an omnipresent observer.
Know that you are loved by God the father, the one who sees all, but if the answer is “no”, He will respect your choice, yet one day He “ will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God” (1 Corinthians 4:5).