May this letter help bring us into a greater desire to know the heart of God in Christ… and to know my own heart in Christ…the very light of God’s glory.
What is the heart of Christ? Jesus had a love and compassion for people. The Scriptures tell us in Mark’s gospel that after Jesus taught and healed the multitudes, they became hungry. In His compassion, Christ personally cared for the multitude by teaching them the Word (the truth), healing them of their physical conditions and caring enough for them to feed the hungry.
God cares for His children. In His compassion He saw them as “sheep without a shepherd”.
Mark 6:34-37 A vast crowd was there as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he taught them many things. Late in the afternoon his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and it is getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy themselves some food.” But Jesus said, “You feed them.” “How much food do you have?” he asked. “Go and find out.” They came back and reported, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish.” Then Jesus told the crowd to sit down in groups on the green grass. As the story is told here in the scriptures, Jesus blessed the five loaves of bread and two fish and feed the multitudes. And when they were all fed there were twelve baskets left over.
We are to follow the example of Christ and have the love and compassion of Christ. We as believers need to begin using what we have and by faith bless and start meeting the very needs of those we are ministering to…yes have the compassion of Christ…for if Christ is in us and we are in Christ then we have the authority to “do the things He did and more”.
John 14:12 “The truth is, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. “If Christ is for us who can be against us”.
Romans 8:30-32 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And he gave them right standing with himself, and he promised them his glory. What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else? Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love.
The compassion of Christ was always for others…especially those that were weak and left out or ignored. Do you have a deep desire to know the heart of Christ? Oh to know and to have the heart of Jesus Christ! Jesus reached out to those in poverty, those with physical illness and all human sufferings. It’s time we all reach deep within ourselves and begin to know who we are in Christ.
If I am in Christ and Christ is in me than we are one. If this is so than I should have the very love and compassion of Christ…Is this not Christ like. This is why I must seek the face of God…yes, to know Him! It is only the pure in heart that will know God.
As the psalmist wrote, “Who may climb the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies (who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully, KJV). They will receive the LORD’S blessing and have right standing with God their savior. They alone may enter God’s presence and worship the God of Israel.”
Psalm 24:3-6 To dwell in the most holy place we must dwell in honesty, even when a lie might save us. We must pursue His calling… this upward climb to God and may it be said of us, “well done, good and faithful servant”.
Philippians 3:14 I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.
We must begin to search our most hidden parts of the heart…stand true, don’t allow illusions and untruths to be a part of our heart but seek to be truthful in ALL we do or say. Being truthful is the pathway to holiness… and “without holiness no man shall see God”!
Isaiah 35:8 And a main road will go through that once deserted land. It will be named the Highway of Holiness. Evil-hearted people will never travel on it. It will be only for those who walk in God’s ways; fools will never walk there.
Hebrews 12:14 Try to live in peace with everyone, and seek to live a clean and holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. We than can begin to see the fullness of Christ being manifest in our lives…as we walk in truthfulness… holiness.
What is the “truth”? Many men say they know the “truth”, but they neither have holiness nor the power in their lives. For the truth will set you free.
- Ephesians 4:24 (KJV) And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.
- more than “historical doctrines”
- more than religious artifacts
- more than mementos from when God once moved.
Truth knows God’s heart as it was reveled in Christ Jesus. Christ in us the hope of glory. Truth is to know our own heart when God’s light revel’s His grace. Yes, the Holy Spirit is manifesting the very characteristics of Christ (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) who is in us and working through us.
Let’s begin today…right now, to look at the reality of our hearts. As we pray this prayer for God to search us let’s begin to receive the cleansing that Christ died for…we are to be over comers…coming to a maturity in Christ without compromising.
Let’s take a look at the soul searching prayer that King David prayed:
- Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to expose any hidden thing within us…of the old nature. For these hidden enemies must be exposed before we can conquer them.
- Jeremiah 17:9 “The human heart is most deceitful and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?
In closing, may these words from David’s heart become the prayer from our own heart and come out of our lips as we get to know the heart of God.
- Psalm 19:12-14 How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. Keep me from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
Love in Christ Jesus,