Heart Check Tuesday 16 April 2019

Heart Check Tuesday 16 April 2019

Here is one unmistakable mark of true spirituality: that a man responds to his realization of God’s love by loving Him in return. Both the realization and the response are only possible by the finished work of Christ and the furnishing work of the Spirit.

There is a lot associated with spirituality nowadays that really have nothing to do with it. Fat offerings, religious activities and many more things we see in the body today are usually mere expressions of flesh and, at best, foolish sacrifices once the heart is empty of love for God.

The flesh can read the Scriptures and extract its principles for personal gain. The flesh can pray for long hours to get a miracle. The flesh can fast to fulfil all righteousness or even with intention to put God at the debt end. The flesh can sacrifice money and other resources to gain a reputation for charity. But only that which is powered by genuine love actually touches God’s heart and brings Him glory.

For a man to love God, the Spirit must have taken hold of His will. It is through this that his active commitment to God and His glory alone is established. Then just as Christ died for him, he seeks to live for Christ and to glorify God in all things.

“Thy will, not mine, be done” is the language of such one who truly loves, fully gives, and faithfully serves. In fact, for him, to live is Christ and to die is gain, for he desires only that which is of eternal value, and it is his love for Christ that he ultimately passes to others. But if we live for ourselves, seeking and fulfilling our interests and ambitions, how can we say that we love God, what gain can we hope for in eternity, and what shall we pass on to others today?

Worse still, if we don’t consistently present our hearts before the searching light of the Immortal One, how shall we detect our drift from the circumference of love? We therefore must take up the Psalmist prayer *“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”*