The Heart of the Matter

“But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

Deuteronomy 4:29

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”

Deuteronomy 6:9

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

Psalm 51:10

“I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.”

Psalm 86:12

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”

Ecclesiastes 3:11

“There was at the table reclining in Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.”

John 3:23

We like to think that we are at the heart of the matter.  After all “God so loved the world,” that is us, “that He gave His only begotten Son…” (John 3:16).  But, God did the loving and the sending, and, well, the dying.  It is all about Christ.  About the glory of God.  Really, it is all about God.  He is the heart of it.

Who do we love?  “[F]or they loved the glory that is of men more than the glory that is of God.” (John 12:43).  The second letter to Timothy 3:4 concludes a list of sin by saying, “… lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God..”  Have you noticed how often we are told in Scripture to love God or to love others?

I say all of that to to say this.  The Christian life isn’t about us.  We don’t worship for us.  We don’t give for us.  We don’t pray for us.  We don’t serve for us.  The heart of the matter is we do all of these things and so much more for HIM.  It is all about God, not us.  If we do any of these things because the make us feel good, then we practice idolatry.  We do what we do because it pleases God.  Him alone.

About Him On the Journey,


*Please note, I am not saying we can’t receive joy and feel good about doing what is right and pleasing to God.  Often, however, doing what is right doesn’t feel good.  It is hard.