Ever Wonder What God Wants of You?

There is one thing God wants more than anything else, more than obedience, sacrifice, service, works or any kind of religious activity. He wants you. He wants your heart. If He has your heart He will have all the other stuff.

Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

The Bible tells us that our heart will follow our treasure. In other words that which we value the most will have our heart. If we value the things of this world then we will pursue the things of this world with our money, time and affection. If we value the kingdom of God and eternity we will pursue the things of God and our money, time and affection will be found seeking His will for our lives. If you want to know where a person’s heart is just follow his or her money, time and affection.

Serving God is relatively simple. I did not say easy.

Micah 6:8 reads, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Jesus made it very clear that the Law and the Prophets were not about following the rule, but about the heart.

Matthew 22:34-40 states, “But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?’” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.’”

Deuteronomy 10:12, “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”

In the book of Deuteronomy which is right in the midst of the Law, nine times He uses the term “with all your heart.”

Jesus rebuked the scribes and Pharisees. Why? They were religious but their hearts were not true.

Matthew 15:7-8 says, “Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.’”

Not that what we do doesn’t matter, but God is more concerned about why we do things than just the act itself. Where is the heart?

Matthew 5:27-28, reads, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

If you decide to ask yourself where is my heart? All you have to do is look at your checkbook, where you spend your time, and what do you value the most and you will discover it will be in all three places.

Jeremiah 29:13 says, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”

Shared with You  by Pastor L. Kruger