Read: Isaiah 29-30
Think: I am one month away from getting married! I am graduated from college now but just a few months ago I was living in a dorm with my close friends and trying to balance my last weeks with my friends and also spending time with my fiancé. Many times my friends would say, “Hey, you have your whole life to spend with him, just hang out with us.” Now I see their point, but I wonder how my fiancé would feel if I ignored him for a month because I knew life together forever was coming. I could call him up and tell him I care about him, but if I never spent time with him or really sat in conversation with him, would he feel loved? Certainly not! Simply telling him that I love him is one thing, doing it is another.
The same is true in our relationship with God. Check out chapter 29 verse 13 again. “The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.” God is saying here that he doesn’t just want to hear that we love him, he wants to see it. A person can easily go to church and live a somewhat moral life, but does that please God? He says that alone doesn’t do it. He is after our hearts!
Let’s go back to the relationship above for a moment. When my fiancé was first trying to woo me, he wanted to have my heart. He didn’t get it until I was ready to give it to him. He pursued me and took me on dates, but it took me opening up to him for him to truly have my heart. God is pursuing you like crazy. He desires your full heart and all of your affections. However, if you are not playing your role in cultivating that relationship, it is going to be flat. It will be nothing more than the outward Christiany actions.
God is waiting to have your whole heart, give it to him, you can trust him with it!
Ask: What steps do I need to take in order to more fully give God my heart? Am I just going through the motions with my faith?