30 Seconds On the Heart

It isn’t enough to merely do what is right.  Or say what is right.  A healthy heart loves what is right. 

The religious teachers Jesus rebuked often had the externals right. 

And he said to them, ‘Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

As a parent, I want my kids to see that I adore Jesus, not merely that I try to follow His words from a sense of obligation.  And so the story of Zacchaeus, where he gives away his money without a command from Jesus, simply from an organic love of God and man that the Holy Spirit brought forth in his heart, convicts me and drives me to my knees. 

Help me to love your Word and your Son, God.  To cherish them.  To taste them as honey and be willing to sell my fields to have them, if need be.  

When God changes your heart, the behaviors will follow.  

Try it any other way and the wicked stuff’s still down there.  


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