Every week at our church we have something transitional in the order of service. It’s a short exhortation that helps us transition from our occupation with the secular, and focus our thoughts on the sacred. Various elders and aspiring leaders are given the opportunity to present these, and I’ve included one below.
By Blake La Grange
King Solomon says that every man’s heart is full of evil and madness. In fact, the heart is what inclines people, by nature, to be deceitful and wicked. The heart of the human problem, is the problem of the human heart.
The heart is what reveals our true spiritual condition. If you govern your heart, you govern your life. If you neglect your heart, you neglect your life. You’re not right with God unless your heart is right with God. And in order for us to be right with God, Jesus’ mandate is for our heart to be pure.
How do we make our heart pure? It doesn’t mean that we turn over a new leaf, or create new habits; it means that God must regenerate and purify us by giving us a new heart.
Jesus tells us that the impurity of our heart is the cause of our spiritual blindness. He says in Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” There is a profound connection between hearts and eyes. A man who has the stains of sin on his soul cannot see God. But those who are purified in heart are purified in vision…“they shall see God.”
If our filthy hearts were revealed, the stench would rise as high as the heavens. And yet God in His mercy, chose to give us Christ’s perfect heart, in order that we would be washed in His Word, bathed in His blood, and cleansed of all unrighteousness. Let us then come to the throne of grace with confidence, knowing that our stains have been washed clean, and boldly approach Him clothed in the righteousness of Christ.