Jeremiah 17:9-10 ESV
The heart is deceitful above all things,and desperately sick;who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind,to give every man according to his ways,according to the fruit of his deeds.”
Revelation 3:1b-2 ESV
I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.
God cares about the condition of our heart. He want it all, He does not want to shack up with anything else. He renovate and takes it all. He so much dislike half-hearted hearts. Lukewarm is what Jesus called it.
Sometimes, I look at myself and I do a mini heart-check. I look at my life in the mirror – the Word of God and all I see is an half-hearted worshipper…lukewarm in so many ways all I do is but cry out for mercy and grace.
God is merciful and gracious. He will often perform these heart-checks but when He does, do we admit our faults, ask God for forgiveness, change our ways and surrender all?
We often fall into the trap of getting distracted by “ministry work” we find excuses for our faults. We get so busy with trying to get ourselves known using the name of God in the process. We’ve totally lost the plot! And the sad part is, we know it’s no longer about Jesus.
We have become so preoccupied with getting followers, retweets, likes on social media just to satisfy our cry for acceptance while we ignore the surgery God wants to do on us to deal with the part of our heart – that deceitful part. We have forgotten that it’s not about us. We’ve become attention seekers! And we claim that it’s all in God’s name! Aha!
We have all forgotten that all will be made plain on judgement day, when Twitter, Instagram, blogs, Facebook etc…will no longer matter. All our popularity contests will fade away. All our followers will see us for our true selves in the presence of our Majesty.
So, pay a very close attention to the heart-checks God is performing on your heart. Let Him pull down, rebuild and take it all.