[Beginning this week, we are starting a new series on this blog entitled The Weekly Word. We will be sharing with you a devotional from God’s Word each week to encourage, equip, and edify you as you go about glorifying God in all you do throughout that week!]
The Christian life is a life of service. Before our service, however, we must first prepare our hearts for that service. This means looking and examining our own lives, asking where we are at with God. As we do, we will see, as David did in Psalm 51, that we have gravely sinned against God (Psalm 51:4). We have dirtied ourselves before a perfect and holy God. We have rebelled against His instruction. Yet, what we see is not a God who leaves us this way, by the wayside. No, what we see is a God of abundant mercy (Psalm 51:1). David had committed the sin of adultery with another man’s wife and had that man killed. Once he was convicted of his sin and overcome with the devastation from it, he came to God in repentance (Psalm 51:1b, 9). He asked God for forgiveness as he had sinned against Him. He, then, asked for God’s mercy by God’s love. He was a man in need of God’s grace, just as we all are. Realizing this and repenting, David asked God to created in him a clean heart and a right spirit (Psalm 51:10). He wanted heart transformation. Only after that could David truthfully teach others God’s ways and lead them to salvation in God where they could find ultimate joy (vv. 12-13). The same can be said of us. If we check our hearts what we see is that we have sinned against a holy God. As a result, what we deserve is eternal judgment in hell. However, God is merciful. He knows we can never save ourselves so He made a way. He sent Jesus Christ, who was God in flesh, to live the perfect life we couldn’t, to die on the cross for the forgiveness of sins (the death we deserved), and be raised on the third day to ensure that we could have eternal life. Christ came to us and for us. Because of His death, burial, and resurrection, we can have eternal life and be with God forever if we will recognize our sinning against Him, repenting of that and turning away from that sin, placing our faith and trust in Christ and what He has done in His love and grace to save us. This is the message we need to take to heart, being transformed from the inside out, as we go to out to serve others!
- Examine your heart. Do you know where you are at with God? Have you repented of your sins and believed in what Christ has done, trusting in Him as your Lord and Savior?
- What are some current struggles of sins you need to overcome and repent of? Pray for God’s strength by His spirit to overcome them.
- What does it look like in everyday life to have a new heart and a renewed spirit? How does it affect how we treat others?