The last point of observation I shared last time prompts a must-ask question: What are the things that come to mind in my life that need the cleansing of God? What is hindering me from a clean heart?
Am I afraid of truly pursuing a clean heart? Why is it really so important that my heart be clean?
I'll start with the last question, "Why is it really so important that my heart be clean?"
Here is what I journaled about this:
The opposite of clean is unclean; dirty; impure. Before God, it is impossible to have a right relationship with Him with a dark heart. I want to be in fellowship with Him. I am reminded of the Wordless Book picture from childhood - black and white pages which describe the black sin of my heart before His cleansing blood and the white and clean which come after His cleansing blood.
Another thought: If I am truly a believer, and Christ lives in me (my heart) ~ what kind of home am I providing for Him there? Is it dirty and cluttered with garbage? An unwelcome home for sure! Does it welcome Him into a place that reflects His character?
Isn't that how we see our homes ~ they say something about us by the things we choose to have in them. How much more - a home for Christ to dwell. When I have company - I want to go all out in making them feel welcome and at home. I do extra cleaning, cooking and preparing. Do I put that kind of care and preparation into my heart?
Lord, today - make me aware of the kind of home You have in my heart. Please open my eyes to the good things and the bad things and allow me to create a more welcome environment for You - with Your help, by Your grace and for Your glory. ~ Amen
I'd love to hear your thoughts - why is it so important for us to have a clean heart?
Next time: Am I afraid of truly pursuing a clean heart?