I was trying to think of what to write about and talked with my friend Sharon who said,
“What is God working on in your life right now? Write about that.”
Great idea! But inside I thought, “Are you crazy?” That’s not beautiful, that’s broken. However if I only write about what I think God has completed in me, I would run out of material very quickly.
So I got to thinking, what is God working on?
I’ve been in this place lately where I feel like I’m coasting and He isn’t working on anything. Could there be a time when God isn’t working on me because I have not been in close enough communion with Him to know or even care? Not a chance! For that would mean God needs my permission to be working in my life; see how crazy that sounds?
Thankfully, the validation of my relationship with God isn’t from me. It’s from Him. Why then do I feel that I am in this place void of communion just waiting for something to happen?
I think it’s an issue of a pure heart; an undivided, undistracted, and single-minded heart.
“Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.” Psalm 24:3-4
A pure heart is what we give back to the Lord through obedience and our relationship with him. Although purity of heart isn’t something I can reach on my own, I can’t just sit back and expect it to happen.
“Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands you sinners, and purify your hearts you double-minded. James 4:8
According to James having a pure heart takes action on my part. I don’t want to be double-minded, and yet I find myself allowing distraction after distraction to fog my vision of God. The list is long; work, busyness, sin, cancer, football, and on and on.
What if I was as excited about God on a daily basis as I am about the Green Bay Packers?
Did you SEE that Thursday night game? What a finish! I told anyone willing to listen about Rodger’s Hail Mary pass. When was the last time I whooped and hollered about Jesus or told anyone willing to listen about my love for the Lord? My singlemindedness has been misplaced.
This Christmas season is the perfect time to refocus my heart on my relationship with God, taking my clean heart and ask God to make it pure.
The sign in front of my house tells the world what we believe.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son…” John 3:16
I want my sincere faith and purity of heart to tell people this everyday as my love for the Lord is evident in my daily walk as I’m…just living the thing.