2019-05-10 - Living 24/7
Originally Published on 2008-10-24
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Jeremiah was preaching to Israel both before and after Nebuchadnezzar conquered Judah. In the midst of many Israelites like Daniel being taken away, he preaches a message about figs. In that message, we find our first principle.
Jeremiah 24:7 (KJV) - Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the LORD; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.
The keyword in this verse is heart; ask God for a heart for him. Be his people. It all starts with the heart. God works from the inside out, though we often work outside in. Jesus wasn't interested in whitewashed tombs, but in jars of clay that had been washed on the inside. First, you must have a willing heart. Life does not consist in what a person possesses, but in what possesses him. If we do not willingly surrender our heart to God, we can never have a relationship with God, and never can know him better.
David was a man after God's own heart. When David was busted about his affair with Bathsheba, he confessed and wrote Psalm 51. In it, he says, "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me." (Psalm 51:10, ESV) Having a heart for God means letting him have priority in your heart over sins, because where sin is, God cannot be.
To develop a heart for God means to fall in love with God. Get to know him. How do you do that? The answer is what I call the Sunday School answer: read your Bible and pray. When it comes to scriptures, don't be an idiot, because according to another 24/7 verse that didn't make the principle list, an idiot can't understand squat. (Proverbs 24:7, NKJV - Wisdom is too lofty for a fool)
Even Friedrich Nietzsche recognized the need to follow something, when he said, “He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how." He followed the wrong why of pleasure and spent his final years insane, from complications of a sexually transmitted disease. Let God be your why. Like Paul said, "To live is Christ.”
Prayerfully seek God today, and ask him to develop in you a heart for him.
Until next time…
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted
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