Just wanted to share with you a thought-provoking devotional that I received in my inbox this week from www.insight.org.
What is God looking for? In the devotional, “Honest to the Core” by Charles R. Swindoll, he answers the question in this way —
He is looking for men and women whose hearts are completely His—completely.
God is not looking for magnificent specimens of humanity. He’s looking for deeply spiritual, genuinely humble, honest-to-the-core servants who have integrity. . . . Today, we live in a world that says, in many ways, “If you just make a good impression, that’s all that matters.” But you will never be a man or woman of God if that’s your philosophy. Never. You cannot fake it with the Almighty. He is not impressed with externals. He always focuses on the inward qualities . . . those things that take time and discipline to cultivate. (Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001).
And … after reading this message, I turned to Romans 12. Here, Paul writes to the believers — encouraging them, and as always lifting up the name of the Lord while teaching sound doctrine.
Romans 12:1-2 (Message)
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you (continue reading at biblegateway).
We all have to examine our own hearts, and honestly assess where we are — not according to the world’s standards, but the Lord’s!
Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia