Tag Archive | sincerity of heart

Ezekiel 18: 1-2 ” The Word of the Lord came to me: ‘What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel: The father’s eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?’ “

In this passage God is doing away with this well-known proverb and giving His people a new one.  For in the next verse He exclaims, “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel.  For every living soul belongs to Me, the father as well as the son – both alike belong to Me.  The soul who sins is the one who will die.”  Here God gives us a declaration of individual responsibility for our sins…for only us are accountable for our sins…and some day, we will be the only person that will answer for them.

II Corinthians 5:21 ” God made Him Who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”

I find it fascinating how  people rationalize and marginalize their sins away.  We’ll blame everyone else in order not to place the guilt where it belongs…on ourselves.  “The devil made me do it!”  doesn’t stand up well in light of such scriptures as Hebrews 4:15 which states that Jesus was tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin.  Taking ownership of our sins is the first step to getting right with God…as is conceding that a sin is a sin – there is no scale from 1-10 of severity of sins…so there’s no difference between a “little white lie” and a serious sin…both are missing the mark.

II Corinthians 4:6 ” For God, Who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

As I John 1:5 states, “God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.”  When we walk from darkness into the light of Christ, we are transformed…and we become enlightened.  Gone is our old self, for now we can understand the light and truth of the Gospel.  No longer to be trapped in the darkness, this new knowledge of God now resides in our heart…and the glory of God shines forth as there becomes less of us and more of Jesus in our life.

Matthew 6: 19-21 ” Do not store for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Ask yourself what you hold dear today.  What is it that’s precious and cherished in your life?  Is it sitting in the garage, or on your wrist, or proudly placed in your house for all to see?  Or are they intangible, incorruptible things that only come from a heart where the Holy Spirit abides?   Jesus tells us that if our priority is gathering up wealth and riches down here on earth…our heart will soon become a haunt of unclean lusts.  But if the things we value are Godly and right, we will have treasures in heaven that will never be exhausted. (Luke 12:34)

Colossians 3:22 ” Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.”

In ancient Greco-Roman Society,  slaves were looked upon as a commodity…but often it was slaves that served in stations of great responsibly, with rank and privilege.   Fast forward to modern times and the common work place.  Your approach at work  will speak louder than any Bible verse you have taped up at your desk.  Your manner of helping others without an ulterior motive will shine brighter than any religious plaque .  When you honor God in the everyday grind  by being that positive, giving individual…(even when the boss isn’t watching)…you show others what it’s like to be Christ-like.  Like the ancient slaves, you have been given great responsibility in your workplace…it’s to be an ambassador for Christ,  and a lover of people.