“Amaziah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Jehoaddan; she was from Jerusalem. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, but not wholeheartedly.” ~2 Chronicles 25:1-2
Amaziah did some really good things as king of Judah. There are written accounts of his obedience to God; acts that pleased God. Unfortunately, there are also written accounts of his disobedience to God, and Amaziah paid the price for his sin. As Christians, there are times when we are eager to obey God. Times when our hearts are turned towards Him. There are also times when we slip away from God. During those times, we may still be “doing” good things for the kingdom, but our hearts are far from Him. We know the right thing to do, outwardly, but make no mistake about it….God knows the condition of our hearts. He knows our real motive. He has told us over and over again, in His Word, that He is looking at our hearts. He does not look at the things man looks at, He judges the hearts of His people. Lately, I have been thinking about how good we are at “behavior modification”. We know how to behave, and if we’re honest, we sometimes fake it with other people. We know what a Christian is supposed to look like, talk like, dress like, act like, but God looks deeper within us. When I take a close look at my heart, I am not pleased with some things that live in there. What about you?
Today, let’s take a good, hard look at the condition of our hearts and ask Jesus to reveal the sin that lives there. Let us be people of confession, repentance and rededication. Let’s join together, my friend, and ask God to cleanse our hearts and help us please Him with our lives wholeheartedly. Let us NOT be people who just do the right thing because our heads know what we should do. Let us be people who do the right thing because our hearts are fully committed to Him.
Grateful for you!
This could not possibly be a more timely post for me. Just what I needed to hear today! Thank you, Joy, for speaking the truth! 🙂
He does indeed know the condition of our hearts… Thank you so much for your honesty and for encouraging all of us to be honest with ourselves too:)