A Warning About Our Hearts & Actions!
“Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his
eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather
than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”” Luke 18:9-14Do you think the Lord honors the churchgoer who dresses exquisitely, has sat on the same pew for the past 40 years every Sunday service without fail, writes a $2000 check weekly on pretty pink paper to delicately place in the offering plate, calls herself a devout Christian, and professes Jesus Christ as Lord though she has never cried out to God to forgive her sins, has never turned from them, and spends her time in between Sundays living for the pleasures and treasures of this life to satisfy her self with her back for all intents and purposes turned on Jesus as she thoroughly enjoys a life of disobedience to God and His Word even while she faithfully continues on with her “religious” activities as though she can earn God’s love and mercy?
Or do you think the Lord honors the homeless man covered in grit and grime, smelly as can be, unshaven, not showered for weeks, poor beyond measure, picking out of the trash for his next meal, who doesn’t hesitate to say he’s a sinner saved only by God’s grace through the Lord Jesus Christ whom He cries out to in faith for forgiveness, for whom He lives and breathes to love, serve, adore, praise, worship, obey, and serve, who huddles up on the freezing cold street corner with an old raggedy Bible some pour soul left had been given and tossed in the trash?
The world honors the beautiful woman whose appearance doesn’t have a single flaw, whose pocketbook is overflowing with the wealth of a successful life by the world’s standards, and whose lifestyle is perfectly in sync with the social and entertainment worldly prized high life, doesn’t it? The world looks down its nose with criticism and condemnation at the dirty smelly man whose heart and eyes are uplifted to Christ if the world even bothers to look in his direction at all, doesn’t it?
Who does the Lord honor in the Bible verses above?
The humble man who knows he’s a sinner and cries out to the Lord for mercy! Who knows he is nothing without the Lord and knows his only hope is in and from the Lord!
God sees our hearts. God sees our actions. He can see right past our appearances. He gets down to the heart of the matter.
The heart of the matter.
Have you humbled yourself before God almighty? Have you acknowledged you’re a sinner in need of God’s mercy? Have you turned from your sins and believe Christ is Lord and died on the cross to pay your sin penalty and was raised from the dead? Have you truly turned to God and His ways? Are you now living your life genuinely and wholly to bring love, praise, honor, and glory to the Lord Jesus Christ?
This, friend, is the heart of the matter. Are you living and breathing day in and day out for God almighty in Christ?
Jesus Christ and faith in Him, with our lives devoted to Him, this is the ONLY way to an everlasting relationship with God instead of forever apart from God in hell and the lake of fire in everlasting torment.
Don’t wait another moment. Give yourself over utterly to Christ – forever! Oh now, now, yes, now, give yourself to Jesus – forevermore! AMEN!