Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Matters of the Heart

Recently I attended a worship service where we sang, “Lord, I Want To Be A Christian.” This song is very familiar to many, including me, but for some reason, I was very moved by the words this time. The verse that hit me was, “Lord, I want to be more loving in my heart.”

I’ve been thinking about the words to this song, and why it affected me this time and never before. It has reminded me about my heart, and why its condition is so important to God. I don’t know about you, but I think it is easy to become focused on the mind. We seek to fill it with information because we think the more information in there, the better. We think that Bible study is important because it feeds our minds. We forget about some key verses about the heart like “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7) Or, “Create in me a pure heart, O God. And renew a right spirit in me.” (PS. 51:10) Or, “Search me and know my heart…” (PS. 139:23). I’m not suggesting that knowledge isn’t important, but the Bible doesn’t say, “The Lord looks at the mind…” or “Create in me a pure mind…”.

Obviously, God is trying to point out that there is a big difference between our mind and our heart. To me, it is saying that we can think we are right in our minds (no pun intended), and act as such, but our heart may tell a completely different story. We can hide behind the front we project with our minds, but the truth of our character lies in our hearts.

Back to the song. It says we must be Christians in our hearts, not our minds. We must be more holy in our hearts. We should seek to be more like Jesus in our hearts. And the one that moved was to be more loving in my heart. I was confronted by the fact that many times my heart is pretty ugly. As I seek to draw closer to Jesus, I want it to go beyond my head to transform my heart more and more. Let us not forget the matters of the heart.


Kris said...

Hi Barb! I'm glad I found you and will visit your blog.
Kris McKnight

Barb Hungerford said...

Thanks Kris! I knew that getting Scot to read would bring me more visitors.


Lukas McKnight said...

There's a good section on heart/head in Blue Like Jazz, which I would recommend.

Ted Gossard said...

Thanks Barb for the good thoughts. It goes right along with my read of Scot McKnight's "Embracing Grace" that I have just begun.

I love that song that you mention- "Lord, I Want to be a Christian". Will have to include that on songs I practice on guitar for when we go to Dad and Mom's for Thanksgiving.

Marleen said...

By the way HAPPY BIRTHDAY BARB.. (November llth) did you know your Birthday is the day after Scot McKnight (of course you are a little younger than him) Since he cannot remember his birthday maybe you can help him out each year as your Birthdays approach and REMIND HIM.. just incase his family forgets.