Heart of the Matter

conflicted_heart_by_echosongechoheartFor many years often enough, I would put my hand to something, maybe it was a project or relationship, and at first it might have taken off or maybe was inspired by God, but my heart wasn’t in the right place.

This last year has gotten me to the point where I now have a habit of examining my heart. The things we do, say, and partake in are reflections of what is at the core of us. And whatever is at the core, is what we will see manifest on the outside. Biblically this is truth, and in theory across other belief systems it is described differently but the concept itself covers the same matter-you come to be what you harbor in your heart.

In both the old and new testament, it speaks about our hearts. In proverbs it say “above all else guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (4:23). In Luke, Jesus himself compares two hearts- “a good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart” and then again you see “what you say flows from what is in your heart” (Luke 6:43-45).

It is when we turn our hearts over to God for fixing that we see a flourishing future-that we see a growth of good “fruit”-a production of good things found in God.  This takes honesty, and for me it took constant consulting with God for renewal and guidance. It takes surrendering to his will, losing your own, but at the same time accepting and utilizing grace through the process.

For me I was just tired of losing. I was getting physically fatigued, but also spiritually weary. However, after studying Jesus and his teachings I knew much had to do with what I protected and kept in my heart and little to do with external aspects. I started to realize if I wanted to see change on the outside, I had to let God change me on the inside. If I wanted to see good things in my life-healthy relationships, blessings of abundance and overflow in all areas-I had to have the heart to match it. This is only truth. The “good” we can produce only flourishes when we remain in Jesus (John 15). In fact, Jesus said it is impossible to remain in him and not be fruitful-to not produce a multitude of good in our lives.

Truth is, we must submit and commit those things we want to see growth in, to God. Doing this aligns us with his truth and positions us to be aligned with his heart. Examine your heart. What’s in it? Is it greed? Jealousy? Hate? A love and obsession with money, or women? Maybe sex? Possessions of this earth? What is it that you treasure? For everything wicked or evil we treasure in our hearts, guaranteed God has a supplement for it that is good and righteous. Choose intentionally to live and thrive on Jesus’ vine, and you will produce good fruit and plenty of it at that.

Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. -Proverbs 16:3

A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit.  -Luke 6:43

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