What does this look like in real life? Does it mean we never sin, never get angry, never say the wrong thing or stumble in our walk? What does it mean when the Lord talks of looking for hearts fully committed to him?
I read this verse and am convinced he can’t be talking about me. The desire is there to be fully committed, but my life tells a different story. My life is messy, smelly at times with sin, I get frustrated, say the wrong things….frankly this verse can’t be talking about someone like me….but then I realize that he’s looking at the heart.
If God just looked at my life he would pass by without a second glance. I’m a mess. There is nothing of the material saints are made of in my life, nothing that would tell you I’m a godly man, very little of a holy life for others to see and evaluate.
In fact, if I were under close scrutiny to evaluate my life and determine if I were a Christian I think I would fail the test. Fruit rejected. Life a waste. Failure.
But then I reread these words…God is looking for hearts fully committed. I so want to be that person, that fully committed one. Can my heart be fully committed and my life an utter mess? If God is looking for fruit, I fail. If he’s looking for a heart that wants to please him no one wants that more than I.
How do I reconcile this paradox? How do I bring together a heart that wants God with all that is in me and a life that wanders, choices that are messy, a life that doesn’t look much different than the world around me at times?
I don’t know. I only know this…when his eyes pass my way he will see a messy life, but a heart that truly wants to be fully committed to him. In the mess of all of this all I can do is trust him to help me follow my heart’s passion for him.
I’m fascinated by this short, simple verse. It’s a prayer of Paul for those suffering in Thessalonica. I would have prayed “May the Lord direct your minds…” but Paul prays for heart direction. There is a knowing of the heart that the mind cannot comprehend. There is an assurance of the heart that the mind cannot grasp. There is a relationship with God of the heart that the mind can only dream about. In this time of rest and sabbatical I have been seeking the face of God. It’s a passion I acquired from David the king. He pursued the face of God. I can only imagine what that looks like because, in truth, it’s a heart quest, not a quest of the mind.
One of the things I find as I get closer to the face of God is his love and joy in my presence. He really loves me! He likes me, he really does. He’s glad to see me. Personally. I feel so inadequate to even be in his presence, unworthy, imposing on his time and attention, but he loves me. As my heart is directed into his love I begin to see myself as he does. I see the me he sees and it brings the same response that Jesus had to the love of the father….steadfastness. As Jesus prayed in the garden, steadfast in his decision to obey the father because of the father’s love for him and for us, he went to the cross steadfast in obedience because he knew the father loved him. I see I cannot walk in steadfast obedience until I know the father’s love. It’s his love that gives me the ability to be steadfast in Christ.
We all go through difficult days, days that challenge our commitment to faith, but the love of God will bring us to a steadfast walk that can only be known to the heart. The mind would say you are crazy, but the heart knows the Father’s love and that makes all the difference.
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I hope that my list of resolutions will inspire you to boldly resolve to make resolutions that truly matter.
Doing this will inspire you as well as those around you.
I resolve to make the best of whatever comes my way each day
I resolve to smile daily, even if it’s through tears
I resolve to encourage my family to be their best, even when the worst is flooding our world
I resolve to enjoy the success of others and encourage them to keep pursuing their passion
I resolve to treat others the way I want to be treated, no wait… BETTER than I want to be treated
I resolve to be kind to those who are the meanest
I resolve to listen to my heart and not feel guilty for doing things for myself
I resolve to do what I can with what I have and enJOY it
I resolve to read a book a month (or listen…as I love audio books)
I resolve to be a positive force
I resolve to use my strengths without worry about how my weaknesses may come across
I resolve to allow my heart to sing freely
I resolve to find beauty in the Ordinary
I resolve to laugh daily….regardless (hey, if I’m gonna cry often, I may as well laugh even more)
I resolve to hug freely
I resolve to say thank you to someone daily
I resolve to learn from my mistake
I resolve to face difficulties with courage
I resolve to let those in my world know just how important they truly are
I resolve to continue to be Matthew 5:16
I resolve to be compassionate
I resolve to let the hurt & disappointment that surrounds me to make me more determined
I resolve to keep taking the next step, even when I can’t see the path
I resolve to love, and do so freely
I resolve to celebrate the good, forgive the bad and enjoy the moment
I resolve to change what I can, fix what is wrong & find the good in the rest
I resolve to reflect on the blessings of the day at the end of the day
I resolve to celebrate small victories and push onward through challenges
I resolve to be content with what I have, while striving to improve where I can
I resolve to not allow circumstances to dictate HOW I live
I resolve to not allow guilt to eat at my heart
I resolve to stop and smell the roses when I’m near them
I resolve to believe that I’m enough and not compare myself to others
What are some of your resolutions?
Please encourage others by sharing them below.
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As I read further into the life of Hezekiah it’s obvious that after many years of poor leadership his walk with God was refreshing to Judah. He brought them back to God and they responded.
As I read more of his life story it was interesting to me that he even went into Israel to clear out the idols of the land. There was a passion in him to follow God, to wholeheartedly follow God. There was a desire to seek God that others wanted as well. From that man came a revival in Judah. The priests returned to God, the people returned to God and the results changed a country that had for years forgotten the God of Abraham.