God Wants Your Heart
1 Samuel 16:7
Religious teaching turns our attention to our outward appearance, but it doesn’t empower us to clean up our inside thoughts and intentions. Jesus called the religious Pharisees “whit-washed tombs full of dead man’s bones” (see Matthew ), because they boasted of their perfect obedience to the Hebrew laws.
But God didn’t see them as perfect, because their hearts were not merciful as His. God would rather have someone with a sweet, wonderful heart toward Him, who makes mistakes, than somebody with a slick performance, who is rotten inside.
When God looks at your heart today, let Him find it wholly seeking Him.
God Likes the Way He Made You
Have you ever asked God, “Why did You make me this way?” Sometimes the things that we think are our worst faults, God will use to His greatest glory: “But who are you, a mere man, to criticize and contradict and answer back to God? Will what is formed say to him that formed it, Why have you made me thus?’ (Romans 9:20) Jesus died so that we might enjoy our life in abundance and to the fullest until it overflows. You are not going to enjoy your life if you don’t enjoy yourself. Be satisfied with yourself, and celebrate the unique way God made you.
Live to Serve God
As the potter forms clay into vessels, some for honorable use and some for menial use, so God forms us to serve His purpose. Regardless of how our position in life may look to others we are all formed to serve the Lord in some way.
If God made you to be a helper, then help with all your heart. If you enjoy cleaning houses for people, then do so as if you are cleaning the Lord’s house. If you want to stay home with your children instead of earning extra income, don’t worry that God has called others to paying positions outside the home. Do what ever the Lord puts in your heart to do – and enjoy fulfilling your God-given purpose.
Only God Can Change You
Don’t obsess over your faults, or you will never enjoy the life that Jesus died to give you. Only God can change you, so talk to Him about your desires. The Word says that those who wait on the Lord will change (see Isaiah 40:31).
Meanwhile, quit taking your flaws so seriously. Don’t let discouragement or depression rob you of your energy and make you angry. If you do, you may take that anger out on other people and miss the blessings God has in store for you today. Enjoy yourself, and lighten up! Take the right steps today toward the change you want to make by asking God to help you all day long.