Only God can look into the depths of our hearts and see our true motivation for worship, for helping others, for leading, mentoring, and serving Him. This goes way back to the beginning of created humans trying to give back to God what was given to them. (Genesis 4) First of all, that’s impossible. We can never out give God. So that’s why this “heart issue” is so important. In fact, our heart conditions are more important to God than anything else. WHY do we do what we do? is a question for daily evaluation.
In this world of distortions of Truth, we allow many attacks on the motives of heart. For example, It is so easy to do a good thing for a good person (family member or friend), then expect a pat on the back. When we don’t get it, then we are less likely to help that person again. Mm, this is not the right motivation God is looking for in us. Another example, we volunteer for everything we can possible fit into our lives, sometimes putting our family time aside, because “someone needs to do it” in our minds, so we do it. We begin to feel “under appreciated.” Mm, this is impressive, but not what God is looking for in us.
Other distractions to our heart condition is to allow or tolerate what we know is not of God into our churches as “okay, as long as it doesn’t bother anyone” because we want to build our population. Mm, nope, God is not impressed with this either! In fact, according to God’s word of revelation to John…His xray of our heart’s show we might be lacking the pure desire to love then serve Him. We might be lacking the sheer focus, admiration, devotion and desire to love Him back. He is not impressed with the outside. What counts is the inside. If we are settled with God, inside our hearts, then our behavior will be motivated, not by self satisfaction, but by habitual love for God and others. Period.
Jesus reveals the atrocity of allowing world stuff to enter His church…coupled with the motivation of our hearts. Listen!
Revelation 2, The Message
18 Write this to Thyatira, to the Angel of the church. God’s Son, eyes pouring fire-blaze, standing on feet of furnace-fired bronze, says this:
19 “I see everything you’re doing for me. Impressive! The love and the faith, the service and persistence. Yes, very impressive! You get better at it every day.
20-23 “But why do you let that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet mislead my dear servants into Cross-denying, self-indulging religion? I gave her a chance to change her ways, but she has no intention of giving up a career in the god-business. I’m about to lay her low, along with her partners, as they play their sex-and-religion games. The bastard offspring of their idol-whoring I’ll kill. Then every church will know that appearances don’t impress me. I x-ray every motive and make sure you get what’s coming to you.
24-25 “The rest of you Thyatirans, who have nothing to do with this outrage, who scorn this playing around with the Devil that gets paraded as profundity, be assured I’ll not make life any harder for you than it already is. Hold on to the truth you have until I get there.
26-28 “Here’s the reward I have for every conqueror, everyone who keeps at it, refusing to give up: You’ll rule the nations, your Shepherd-King rule as firm as an iron staff, their resistance fragile as clay pots. This was the gift my Father gave me; I pass it along to you—and with it, the Morning Star!
29 “Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches.”
What do we learn?
–Know God. Know His Word.
–Know ourselves by evaluating our heart conditions daily, hourly if needed.
–Know those around us and be able to discern what is allowed and what is not for continued Holy Spiritual growth.
–Listen. Be still and Know God.
–Repent of unimpressive good works.
–Praise God for helping us focus, stay focused and love Him back with our very lives. (Romans 12)
–Praise God for the outcome of our devotion…life with Him forever!
Dear Heavenly Father, We repent of works that were not impressive to You because our hearts were impure and selfish. We thank You for Your revelation through John to remind us that our heart’s motivation affects how our minds think and how our souls respond in our outside behavior. Purify our hearts today. Wash us clean from the inside out. I love you with all my heart, mind and soul. I lay my life before you. May all that we are and then do today bring glory to Your Name. May You be impressed with our hearts. In Jesus Name, Amen