So, I’m really not a big “smash sinners” guy. You know what they say about people who live in glass houses, how they probably shouldn’t vacuum naked and all. So this post isn’t about that. God gave us the cross because he knew we were basically going to suck and suck big-time. We all suck and fall short.
I wanted to write today about something that I’ve been circling in my study time regarding the inclinations of your heart.
Check out this bible verse in Romans:
“Moreover, because of the condition of your heart, hard and dry and unwilling to admit a change of mind; you are actually continually storing up the wrath that will be poured out on you in the day of wrath and the revelation of a righteous God.
Who will pour it out onto each person according to their deeds (the actions they take that prove the inclination of their hearts): to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; but to those who are only interested in themselves and do not obey the truth that they’ve known, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation”.
Now that’s not behavioral therapy or a scare tactic. Here’s what it is saying; Look, don’t think that just because you’re doing all this mess and refusing to do right and the hammer hasn’t fallen yet that the hammer isn’t going to fall. God isn’t just looking at the mess you are doing, he’s looking at your heart that’s producing these messes.
If you care about him and want him to be pleased, you’ll do everything that you can to clean up what you’ve messed up and not continue in your mess. However, if the inclination of your heart is all about you and you don’t care what God thinks is right or wrong, look out because you can only do that so long before that stuff starts coming back on you.
Lots of folks like to pretend that they love God. What we actually do a lot of the time is we throw rocks and break windows then hide our hands behind our back like we didn’t do anything. Then we want to go to God and apologize in secret before there are consequences or before we have to actually remedy our behavior and make amends. We think it’s all about that instance of throwing the rock. You hurt people, lie, accuse, gossip, sleep around, drink, mess up and fall down again and then you want to go to church and act like a Christian because you asked God to forgive you secretly.
But God looks at not only the good or bad that we do, he looks at the inclination of your heart. You threw the rocks because you wanted to. You did what you did because you wanted to do it. And all the forgiveness of actions in the world does nothing for a self seeking and hard heart that wants its own way.
I’m not looking to throw shade here, I’m not. Man, I mess up all the time. Once I got my head clear though I discovered that my heart wanted something different, every single time. I don’t want to be jacked up, I don’t want to hurt people, I don’t want to be a ghost of myself. I let the enemy lie to me and throw rocks at me while he hid his hand behind his back and pointed at God. And when I accepted the lie that joker told there, it was an all out free for all of destruction in my life.
But once I turned my heart back to God, my heart changed. I didn’t want that stuff anymore and I didn’t want to hide anymore and I didn’t want the enemy that had humiliated me and embarrassed me to get any more glory. So, I check that heart. I want my life to line up with it. I want to fix what he’s destroyed and let Christ get some glory.
So quit running to God trying to get him to apply the White Out to your actions but ignoring your selfish heart that wants things that God doesn’t want. You’re a fake and you know it. You’ll never run away from it either, God isn’t going to let that slip. Take your heart to him, check your inclinations, fix your mess.