After God’s Own Heart – August 23rd, 2018

After God’s Own Heart!

Believer. Christian. Follower. Disciple. What am I really striving for? Take away all of the specifics and details, and focus on the core of the matter and follow where that takes me too, I find the answer to that to be as simple and clear and the fact that I am, because I am loved.


Note from Kip…

King David was a man after God’s own heart. My deepest desire is for God to consider me in that way as well. Do you as well?

But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’

Acts 13:22 (NLT) 

I have been on a wonderful journey the last few years and this is a bit of a reflection of that. No I will not bore you with the details of my personal life because that isn’t where the adventure resides. But this devotional will be a very personal one for me, because what I’m sharing with you, is what I’ve come to understand about my motivation to serve the Lord.

I’m sharing it with you because I want you to know about it and be able to hold the scripture up to your life and assess what resides at the core of your faith in Jesus Christ.

For me, this comes down to three very simple truths.

God Loves –

First, it doesn’t matter how much I learn, how much I experience His grace and kindness, or how much I feel His presence in my life, I will never until I stand before Him in Glory have a hope of understanding His Love for us, His love for me.

I’ve come to understand that,

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.

John 3:16

Was not the beginning of the love he has for me but was the invitation of His love to be united with Him forever.

For in reality, He loved me, you, and all of us, before He imparted a bit of His spirit into Adam by breathing life into that pile of dust.

Jesus coming to this world and living among us, and then to sacrifice Himself on the tree of Calvary, set into place the final frame to the art work that is His creation and His Love Masterpiece.

The canvas that was place on that frame was the new covenant, which He bought with His own blood to redeem us, a lost people. So that we might be able to live with Him forever.

And on that canvas, our actions, the footsteps we take to demonstrate  the love and grace given to us, produces the image that will lead to the moment in what we call time, which will complete that final canvas and we will not only have His Spirit living in us, but we will Live with Him, in all His Glory, in perfect new bodies and know as we are known.

Reflection

Next, my appropriate and earnest desire is to demonstrate in my day to day life, the expression of that same love in response to His. I can’t fathom that. I can’t produce words to express its dimensions or depths. However, I know I experience it, and with every fiber in my being, I long to reflect that love back to Him, outward to my family, friends, church, and the world around me. I want to learn to love as He loves me.

I intend to do this by being His Disciple and to disciple others, spreading His Good News to anyone and everyone that I can.

Understanding that when I say I want to be His Disciple, I’m opening myself up to ridicule and scorn from the world. But in the process I will be more like Jesus every day and following Him closer along the way.

“I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 13:34-35 (HCSB)

God’s Own Heart

Finally, I want so much to be found to be a man after God’s own heart as was David.  Where my goals and aspirations are congruent with His in every way possible.

But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’

Acts 13:22 (NLT)

David was found to be that way because he did everything that God wanted Him to do and that is exactly where I want to be. The place where I’m responsive to His will and upon having come to the understanding of that will, I willingly comply with it and pursue it with all the strength and ability that He provides.

It just doesn’t get any clearer than this:

“If you love Me, you will keep My commands.”

John 14:15 (HCSB)

If we love Jesus, we don’t just obey Him, we desire to do as He wills for us.

Our Core

I defined these three as the core.  I suppose it is in our nature to want to organize things into nice neat little compartments where we can easily identify what we are referencing.

But there is only one hard and fast rule that needs to be considered within our core. The greatest commandment.

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Matthew 22:37-40 (NLT)

If we love Him, really love Him. We are called by Him and we must respond to His call.  Anything short of this is only lip service and not obedience. I’d have to imagine that what Jesus hears when we offer up uncommitted lip service sounds a lot like mockery.

I wish to be a man after God’s own heart. I want others to be able to say that they are a man or woman after God’s own heart. It is why we were created. It is why we are hear. To be the nearest representation of Him as we possibly can be.

After God’s Own Heart!

Blessings,
kip…


 

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