3 Steps to Check Your Heart
It's as if I can literally hear the screeching of tires coming to a quick stop, but the sound is only in my head. Like a crash and burn scene from an action movie bursting into the stillness I hit the brick wall after only three sentences. It's as if all the words that were floating around in there and trying to form some sort of meaning just blew up and disappeared with a loud explosion leaving me in a state of shock. When the dust settled I found myself here, attempting for the third time at writing something for this week. Let's see how far I can get with this new subject.
Ever had one of those days? You're going along just fine and out of nowhere your day takes on a scene like I just described. You find yourself nose-to-brick with that wall. Shaken, you ask yourself what just happened as the little bluebirds fly in a happy circle around your head. While I picture this scene, I imagine this frame of it freezing and the narrator's voice coming to life in a low deep whisper asking a few questions. What will you do next? When will you realize what just happened? Where will you go from here? Why did you hit the wall? How will this movie end? Keep in mind, this narrator already knows the answers to these questions. He already knows how the movie ends. We're intrigued now. We can't take our eyes off the screen. We move to the edges of our seats. Trying to anticipate the answers to these questions as the mystery unfolds before us and a clue is dropped strategically here and there.
How we respond to these brick wall moments says a lot about our hearts.
Specifically, the soil of our hearts. Our lives are like a movie to those around us. They're watching us. Waiting to see if everything we believe, everything we stand for is true. If the One we serve will be the hero once again in the drama of our lives. Spoiler alert: Yes, the ONE we serve will be the HERO in this movie. He will be the answer to these questions...in the end. It’s what happens in between that determines the direction of the scenes to follow.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Allow me to repeat a question asked of our church family on Sunday morning.
"Are we listening or just hearing God's voice?"
The brick walls will come and they will go. That's simply life. The narrator (God's voice) is there in every single one of those moments.
How will you respond to God's voice?
Will it fall on deaf ears?
Will you turn your back on Jesus so you can pick up and carry this moment around with you?
Will you get confused and mixed up about what’s important?
Will you see it for what it is and the result of this brick wall moment be a testimony, giving Glory to God?
Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.” Matthew 13:3-9
Might I remind you when you're nose-to-brick with that wall, this is not the time to evaluate the condition of your heart's soil. No, my friend, we should be working that soil nonstop. We should be conditioning it before the drought, the storm or the shovel shows up on the scene.
3 Steps to check your heart.
1. Are you motivated to please the Spirit of God or yourself?
If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions… Galatians 6:3-4 Read the whole chapter here.
2. Pray asking God to forgive you. And to help you get back on track. He is faithful.If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
3. Return to Him. Begin to work the soil of your heart to be receptive to the seeds He sows into it."Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty. Malachi 3:7
The Bible has plenty to say about the heart. Check out this resource.Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23