Most of you who have followed my Blog for a while know that I am a diehard Minimalist… Mama used to say that if I owned two of anything I wanted to give one away! 🙂 I mostly agree; however, I do like both shoes, earrings, and gloves. And don’t forget the socks… two of those work, also!
In all of the Ordering of My Life… something I’ve done all my life, from lining up my dolls to making my bed each day (yep, pretty much for all 57 years), as I get out of it. I. Like. Order. Actually, it’s a Love Affair that I have with Order.
Imagine my surprise when I began to study that our attitudes are matters of the heart… Proverbs 27:19 tells us, “As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart”. Wow, my attitude reflects my heart. Need to do a little minimizing here… Yep, a little less resentment (or a lot less), grudge-holding, anger, un-forgiveness, fear, doubt…quite a bit of “ordering” needs to be happening inside my heart.
Here’s what I’m learning…
The word heart is used in different ways all the way through the Scriptures. The Bible says that “Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). When God looks at us, He doesn’t look at the color of our skin, or at the kind of clothes we wear. Nor does He consider our position in society. The Bible says that God looks upon our hearts to see what we are on the inside—the thoughts, motives and intents of our heart.
The Bible says, in Jeremiah 17:9, that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Outside of alignment with Jesus Christ, our hearts are deceitful. Jesus said, in Matthew 15:8, that our hearts can be far from God: “This people draws near to me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.”
We can go to church, lead small groups and have the sticker on our vehicles, but our hearts may be far from Him. This happens when our hearts—our real selves—are taken up with (overly consumed by) the things of this world. We have little quiet time with God, and may place a higher priority on tv, reading or surfing the internet, shopping, sports or various other interests. This results in us having a worldly view of life, people and things. In order to gain God’s perspective, our focus must be centered on Him.
Romans 1:21, “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” The Bible teaches that our heart can be darkened because our spiritual eyes can be blinded by the gods of this age. The Good News is that we can allow God to open the eyes of our hearts by aligning ourselves with Him, His Word of Truth, and with those who are like-minded.
The greatest stumbling block to the Kingdom of God is pride, an issue of the heart in how we perceive ourselves… perhaps, as though we are ‘better than that’ or ‘above that’. The Bible says that our hearts are rebellious. Rebellion leads to pride, preventing us from humbling ourselves to God and confessing our sin and taking ownership of our lives. Rebellion and pride are the difference in “being right” over “doing right” and can result in a disordered heart and confusion as to where our primary focus needs to be. To gain God’s perspective on the issues of life, we can ask Him to purify our hearts and give us His Heart and the Mind of Christ.
The Bible teaches that our hearts can be hardened. The sun shines on clay and hardens it, yet the same sun melts butter. The Truth of the Gospel can soften the hearts of some who choose to align with Jesus, yet, it can harden those who rebel against Him. So, what is God’s attitude toward our hearts? The Bible says He knows the heart: “Shall not God search this out? For he knows the secrets of the heart” (Psalm 44:21). Our secrets are not hidden from God; He knows every single thing that goes on there.
Scripture also teaches us that God ponders the heart. “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord ponders the hearts” (Proverbs 21:2). We can attempt to justify and rationalize the way we live and the choices we make. But the intent of our heart is abundantly clear to God. The Bible also teaches us that God weighs ours hearts, regarding the times our conscience speaks to us and we reject it.
The Bible talks about the heart of Jesus, and illustrates His compassion and His love, laying down His life on the cross for our sinful hearts. His pure heart, His perfect heart, His glorious heart, His loving heart, His tender heart, His compassionate heart—bled on the cross, in our place… so that our hearts could be reconciled to God and enjoy the gift of His Eternal Life. That is the True Heart of all that Matters!
Lastly, the Bible encourages us with this glorious promise—that God will give us a new heart. When we come to Christ and surrender our heart to Him, God says, “I’ll take out the old heart and I’ll put in a new one.” This is ‘Regeneration’, and it means that God will give us a new life—a new direction for our life, new thoughts, new energies, new ambitions, and as He transforms us from he inside out… He is perfecting all that concerns us according to His purposes. This just makes my Heart Happy!
Sheri Geyer is a Christian Life Coach & Mentor, Real Estate Broker, Wife & Mom