How often do you think about your heart?
We all know that scripture says, the heart is deceptive above all things. I know that based on this, many see themselves as innately bad. I’m not sure that was the intention behind that scripture. Honestly, I think it just points us toward our need for Jesus.
Sure, we are born with a sin nature. I’m not denying that. But when we are saved, what is it for? Are we not saved completely? Are we not rescued from our sins and redeemed? Doesn’t our heart begin transformation from the moment of salvation?
These are all questions that I have been pondering. I won’t pretend to know the answers to all of this, but it’s worth beginning to discuss.
As we embark upon this topic, I want to reference a different scripture…
As a face reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person. Just as Death and Destruction are never satisfied, so human desire is never satisfied. Proverbs 27:19-20
This is powerful. When I consider this scripture, it shows me that it’s possible for our hearts to reflect good or bad things from within us. Our real person. The real things inside of us. I think it would be crazy to imagine that all that would be found within our hearts was evil. God saves us…then Jesus comes into our hearts. That has to be transformational, right?
I have been praying for a long time that God would make my heart pure. He can do that…but only He can.
Let’s also look at this scripture…
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8
This is another scripture that indicates the possibility of goodness found in our hearts.
You may be wondering why I’m taking you on this journey. It’s because it’s really hard for you to move forward in your God given purpose and take ground for the kingdom of Heaven, if you keep seeing yourself as bad.
Now do you get it?
We need to see what God wants us to see about ourselves. Here’s what I know. When God looks at me, He sees me through the blood of Jesus…void of sin…pure in heart. I know this beyond a shadow of doubt.
I encourage you to take time today and imagine yourself standing before God. Now reach your hands out toward Him and imagine them holding your heart. Ask Him what He sees when He looks at you. He will answer…and it will be kind.
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. Romans 8:1-2