24 Jun '13
Measuring our hearts against God's heart
There is nothing that challenges me more than to understand the amazing heart of the eternal God and then measure my heart against His. Think about this:
While I find it so hard to forgive at times, He forgives easily and quickly because He does not want to live out of fellowship with us.
While I can tolerate injustice small and large, His heart is broken by the injustices that are so much a part of our fallen world.
While I can become deeply engrossed in my own ministry, His heart is for all ministries - His is a big and generous and non-parochial heart.
While I quibble over fine points of doctrine, He is driven that all men and women and children hear the Gospel and find a relationship with Jesus.
While I am loyal to my denominational brand He cares for His whole Bride.
While I pray for my own needs, His heart is for the needs of a world gone wrong through sin with all the brokenness that comes with that fact.
While I can marginalize some people who are not like me, He sees every human being as made in His Image and equally worthy of His love. His heart never marginalizes anyone.
While I like to hang out with people who are respectable His heart is for the unrespectable as well - just look who He hung out with in the incarnation.
While there are people I would pass by, there is no-one He would pass by.
While I am impatient, critical and condemning of those who don't meet my standards, He is patient and gracious and forbearing.
Take a moment this week and consider where your heart is against His heart. His greatest goal for us is that His heart would become our heart.