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Change of Heart

Change of Heart

20 May 2011

Reading: 1 Kings 7; 2 Chronicles 4; Psalm 98; Romans 2

Scripture:

No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by God’s Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people. (Romans 2:29 NLT)

Paul’s Good News Message was for Jews and non-Jews alike. Mostly the Jews thought they didn’t need his Message because the were God’s “chosen people,” keepers of the Law of Moses, and circumcised as a sign of their religious beliefs. Paul said that unless they experienced a change of heart produced by God’s Holy Spirit, the religious practices and outward observance didn’t make them right with God.

I’ve been a Christ-follower for a long time. I go to church, I’m involved in ministry, I do my best to keep up with the “should-do’s” and keep away from the “shouldn’t-do’s,” and most people who know me think I’m a person who is right with God. Most people!

But unless my attitude, thoughts, and actions flow and grow out of a change of heart produced by God’s Spirit, it’s dead religion and doesn’t make me right with God. And catch this! Paul said that if I have a changed heart, I’ll seek God’s approval and not live to impress or gain the approval of other people.

So here’s a quick heart-check for me: Am I living out of a heart that’s trying to do right and be right by my own effort or am I living out of a heart of love and thanks to God? Am I living to impress other people or am I living to please God alone?

Prayer:

Father, Please create in me a clean and pure heart and renew a right spirit within me. Thanks for today’s reminder that it is all and only about a change of heart produced by your Spirit. I love and appreciate the people you’ve placed in my life as family and friends, but today, may I live to please you and you alone! Amen.

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