Good morning Church family,
Autumn is upon us, leaves are progressively falling marking the start of a new season. It is also a good faith reminder. You see often we are so captivated by the outward, the amazing foliage and flowers, that we begin to think that is all there is to a tree. So it’s good to be reminded that as the outward dies, that what is really important is what has been going on in the inside or heart of the tree. As human beings we all know that we can look flash on the outside but our hearts can be in terrible shape. That is why no matter the season a Christian needs to put in as much effort as they can into partnering with the Holy Spirit to be transformed inwardly, in the heart of who they are.
In 1 Samuel 16:7 we read “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”” Here we see God’s instruction to Samuel on how to choose a king… King David. A man we are told was “a man after God’s own heart.” Now David loved the Lord, and yes he made some awful mistakes, but the thing about David was that he always returned to God and allowed God to work within him, to form his character into a Godly one. Listen to David’s prayer: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Psalms 51:10-12 NIV
Let us pray: Thank you Lord that you see into our hearts, you see the real me! Lord create in us a pure heart God, form us into people with hearts like yours, so that we will become people who live our lives out of strong Godly characters in honour of your name. Amen.