I attended a funeral the other week. I find that going to funerals always brings life into perspective, gives you a close sense of our own mortality, and allows you a moment to think about what really matters. At the end of the day – what does really matter? What are the things that are going to stand and be counted worthy at the end of your life as you step through the doors of eternity?
Luke 12:34 says…Where your treasure is your heart will be too. Whatever is in our heart, we will do. We need to decide what is important, what really matters. Make that determination in our hearts, our inner being and that is what will drive you towards having good character qualities, what you see as important in your life, and what will stand at the end. These things will not be part of our lives without our heart being invested.
My prayer is that you would allow God to grab a hold of your heart and that you would respond to Him today.
Thinking on this funeral, and what people might say about us at the time of our own funeral, brings into focus our heart. Our character qualities, the fruit produced from our lives, etc. all flow from the condition and response of our heart.
Gal 5:22-26 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
God has given us all different gifts and abilities and wants to use them to produce fruit in our lives. These qualities listed in Gal 5 are but a few. I’m not adding to the Word of God but how about…humility, integrity, loyalty, honesty, respect, fairness, responsibility, compassion, the list goes on.
Jesus knew that all things start in the heart. You are not going to action something if it wasn’t already conceived in the heart and allow your thoughts, will and emotions to get involved. The condition and response of our heart is critically important and will determine what really matters in your life.
Matt 13 tells us the parable about the ‘Wheat and the Tares’. The wheat and tares grew up together and it was only when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop that you could see the difference.
At harvest time, the tares were pulled out, bundled up, and thrown into the fire. The grain was gathered and used to produce food.
Christianity today is in the melting pot and the difference between the wheat and the tares has started to show. The difference between what good seed and bad seed produces is now becoming visible. In my view, this is a good thing. Not a comfortable process but one that needs to happen.
The condition of our heart is the thing that determines the character qualities we produce in our lives. But at the end, harvest time, the bad will be gathered up and thrown into the fire whereas the good will be kept and used.
It is the fruit in our lives that will last, the good crop, the things that matter. Are we sowing good seed to produce a good grain crop?
May we take a moment in our busy week to look at the condition and response of our heart and if there is anything that needs to be removed, plucked out, pulled up or cast aside. Let’s honestly take a moment to examine ourselves and what the Lord is speaking to you about and do something about it.
Place your heart in the hands of the Creator and see what He can create.