Peter Marshall said, “Small deeds done are greater than great deeds planned.” Paul says in Galatians 5, “…By love, serve one another.” We should be known by our spirit and how we serve one another. How we serve our family, our extended loved ones, neighbors and strangers on the street and those in our country.
Frederick William Faber was a noted English hymn writer and theologian. His best-known work is Faith of Our Fathers.
He said, “Kind words are the music of the world. They have a power which seems to be beyond natural causes, as though they were some angel’s song which had lost its way and come down to earth.”
Kindness isn’t just an outward expression. It has to come from the heart. A heart filled with goodness, I believe. There is so much emphasis placed on our heart and what flows from it.
When Samuel went looking for the nation’s king to anoint, God told him in I Samuel 16 that he looked at the heart of man. David’s heart made him special. David told his son Solomon to serve God wholeheartedly because the Lord searches every heart and understands motives.
1 Chronicles 28:9 (KJV)
And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
Jesus, in the New Testament, saw through the sickening Pharisees and he saw the real person. He always looked into the heart. A REAL spiritual revival must always begin in the heart. There seems to be an overwhelming emphasis on external forms of worship and hype but when our heartrate slows and the sanctuary lights dim and the Sunday crowd dissipates…Jesus is left standing there asking,
“Did you really feel me?
Did you really get to know me?
Did you talk to me?
Did you allow those ‘unchurched’ among you to be introduced to the Great I Am?”.
A kind heart that follows after God will flow with love and will get out of the way so the sick can be healed and the less fortunate can be touched instead of clamoring for more his attention…because we have him always. We can daily commune with him in our alone time. We have a daily walk with him alone, right?
Church time really isn’t about us….A heart out of tune, out of sync with God’s heart will produce a life of spiritual barrenness and missed opportunities…and can I dare say, it will cause strife and malice and will turn brother against brother and church sister against church sister so jealousies arise.
Jim Cymbala, Pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle wrote a book in 2001 called, ‘The Life God blesses’ which I am reading right now. I can’t get out of the first three pages. I have read them over and over and over. They have so convicted me. (buy the book!!)
If we ask the Lord to bring our hearts into harmony with submission to his, we will find the secret of his blessings that has remained throughout all generations.