We’re often very busy as speakers and writers. After all, we not only have books to write and presentations to prepare and events to travel to, but we also have husbands to support, children to love, houses to clean, and church responsibilities to fulfill. In all honesty, it’s easy to let the busyness of a relationship with Christ come before the love of it.
In The Stronghold of God, Francis Frangipane says, “God has always been more concerned with the condition of our hearts than the activity of our hands.”
Even though we seek to serve Him with everything we do, it’s so easy to get caught up in the activity of the hands and forget the condition of our hearts. I admit it. Sometimes I struggle by allowing the job to come before the joy of knowing Him intimately; the project to come before the purification of my heart; the calendar to come before the call to holiness.
I confess that to you today. But more importantly, I confess it to my Father. Like David, I cry:
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will turn back to you. Psalm 51:10-13
Then. Then I will teach others. Not before the cleansing and the renewing and restoring. But after. After everything else is in order…only then can I teach others about His mercy, His goodness, and His grace.
Oh God, create in me a clean heart today!
Grace and peace,