HEART CHECK!

Chaplain Adrienne Price
Walker Baptist Medical Center

“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. 2 When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get.” Matthew 6:1-2 NLT
 

In a time where humility seems to be a new form of arrogance, it is important to keep our heart in a serving position. Often times we find people who do things simply to be seen and acknowledged by others. Everything we do should be done because of the love of Christ and not the approval of man. It is easy to fall into being a people pleaser and NOT a God pleaser. People look for validation and approval from others to make their life complete. More often than not, you find that people who lacked validation as a child, over compensate for it as an adult, and often times unknowingly seek to be validated for their efforts. During Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount”, He is teaching us to not do things out of self-righteousness or to be seen by others. It does not mean people will not see us but that we should have our heart checked to make sure we are doing it for the right reasons. Many times, in ministry, we see leaders and layperson taking all of the credit for what God has given them to the ability to do. While we may be a vessel for God’s use, God should always be the one glorified for the things he allows us to do. People may see your face, people may know your name and people may recognize you for the work that you do. All glory should always be directed to God because the reward from God is so much better than the reward from man. When we have successfully done a heart check and found our heart to be in the right place, we will be more susceptible to doing the work of God and having a heart of God.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, We are called to be your hands and feet. We want to have a heart like you so we may be able to serve you the best way possible. We pray as we go through each day that you remind us whom our heart should resemble. Allow us to do a heart check and see where our heart is. If there is anything in our heart that is not like you, we pray that you remove it and purify our hearts to love like you and to serve like you each and every day. In your name, we pray and give thanks! Amen

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