January 23

More and more I realize how much more value I place on the heart of a person than the words I hear, or the things I see.  I am less impressed with your words, and far more impressed with your actions.  There are more and more people today making great promises, or great promotions about what they are going to do.  I have become very skeptical of the promises of men, rather I find myself waiting to see how they act when out of the eye-shot of others.

I remember meeting a man who was introduced to me as the next president of a large and respected Christian organization.  He appeared to be very compassionate, and very concerned about the group he ministered in.  I watched him from afar greeting all the people who had come to his initiation ceremony.  He had a friendly face and seemed very humble in his interactions with these people.  Just a few minutes later, I witnessed him (behind the scenes) being very gruff with some of the people that were not going to be on stage … people that would have been considered less important.  My mind quickly changed at seeing his “real” heart come out.

Josiah became the king of Judah as a young boy.  He immediately began to turn his nation back to God.  One of the first things he did was order the repair of the temple.  While the men repairing the temple were working, they found a copy of the laws God had given Israel.  When he heard what was in that book, he rent his clothing and began to weep because of the sins of his people.  God responded to Josiah’s actions with these words: “’Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants therof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard thee,’ saith the LORD” (II Kings 22:19). God is more interested with what is in our heart than how much money we have … how smart we are … how often we go to church … what our title is … who we know … where we have been.  You see, with God it is a heart issue all the time.  We cannot see each other’s physical heart (thankfully), but we can see what is in the heart of a person, motivating them to the actions that come out of them.  Give God your whole heart today.  Ask Him to help you maintain a sweet testimony for Him today.  Remember, there is always someone watching you when you are “behind the scenes.”

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