Inspirational Hope 

Where is your heart?

Matthew 7:21-23 (MSG)
 
Knowing the correct password – Saying “Master, Master” for instance isn’t going to get you anywhere with me.  What is required is serious obedience – doing what my father wills.  I can see it now – at the final judgement, thousands strutting up to me and saying “Master, we preached the message, we bashed the demons, our God sponsored projects had everyone talking.  And do you know what I am going to say?  You missed the boat.  All you did was use me to make yourselves important.  You don’t impress me one bit.  You’re out of here. 
 
This is a truly shocking passage of scripture that reflects upon the heart of the man and not his actions.  It is both flabbergasting and sobering to comprehend that God will turn his back on thousands of “churchgoers” who were involved with ministries and church events. 
 

It’s quite conceivable that many of the people that this passage alludes to were initially well intentioned in their acts of service.  Yet eventually the great deceiver (Satan) entered within their minds while seducing their hearts.  The allure of honor, power, and the appearance of piousness can lead any Christian astray even within God’s house. 

  • Can church or ministries become an idol in a Christian’s life?
 
Absolutely! 
 

One definition of an idol is:  Anything that is revered or loved more than God. 

  • Are you spending more time at church and ministries than praying and reading scriptures?
 
  •  Are you creating space for church associates/groups yet neglecting time with your spouse and family?
 
  •  Are you involved in a church ministry just because you want to fit in with other members and not because of God’s calling?
 

If you answered “Yes” to any of the above-mentioned questions, then it is time to petition the Lord to examine your heart. 

 

The Lord is the ultimate discerner of our hearts and provides a template for ministry service in Matthew 6:33 (MSG):

Steep your life in God Reality, God Initiative, and God Provisions.  Don’t worry about missing out.  You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. 
 
“WHATEVER YOU DO, LET IT BE DONE FOR GOD’S GLORY FIRST AND HE WILL FULFILL YOUR DEEPEST DESIRES”
 

Prayer

Lord I pray that you analyze my innermost being.  Protect me from vanity, pride, and selfish ambitions.  I’m sorry for the times that I used your name for my own advantages and not for your glory.  Lead me to help others in a spirit of truth and love.  Powerful God, keep my eyes, heart, and mind focused upon you all the days of my life.  Amen

 

Freddrick Diez