Getting To The Heart Of The Issue
Posted: Tuesday, January 23
Verse of the Day:
For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. (Matthew 15:19)
Something new that my two year old daughter has been doing in the past few weeks is crossing her arms in form of protest. It’s honestly hilarious to watch this little person pout in such fashion, but it’s also extremely naughty! At times when she doesn’t get her way she’ll cross her arms, scrunch her eyebrows, and let us know that she isn’t happy. What’s funny about it is that she’s only two! My wife and I aren’t walking around crossing our arms and pouting when things don’t go our way. So where is she learning this?
The answer lies in Matthew 15 from Jesus disciplining the Pharisees. In the context of this scripture, Jews during this time period were supposed to take care of their parents when they reached a certain age. That included housing, food, financial needs, etc. People like the Pharisees began to twist this edict by vowing to give that money to God instead. When Jesus called them out on this hypocrisy, He did so explaining the common denominator between my two year old daughter pouting and these conmen getting out of taking care of their parents was our hearts.
Jesus says that all of the hurtful actions come from a misshaped heart. No, not a heart like the Grinch that was two sizes to small, but rather one that’s been tainted by sin. Our original design was to be perfect and holy, like God. Sin has corrupted our hearts, our innermost being, and thus our actions reflect that. Jesus tells us that if we want to become more like the people He created us to be, we can only manage our outside actions so much. If we want to get to the heart of the issue, we must address the heart issue. If we struggle with lust, we can put parameters all around us but will fail until we address the lust in our heart. If we have pride - either viewing ourselves as so good or no good - this can only be solved when we allow Jesus to change our heart. Whatever you're dealing with, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the condition of your heart and begin to focus on the Scriptures that addresses those things. Soon, your heart will become more like how God created it to be and you’ll have a more fulfilling, peace filled life.