Have you ever wondered, which comes first, obedience or love? Do we give out of obedience or are we generous out of love? As a Christian I want to be obedient but obedience out of obligation is not God’s desire.
Did you know God LONGS to reveal himself to us? He is waiting for us to connect with Him. He wants us to know how much He loves us:
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:18 NIV
I desire a transformed heart. A heart sold out to the King of Kings. God is a heart surgeon and His Word holds the key:
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8
But I’m busy; I don’t have time to study the Bible. And when I DO, I find it confusing, hard to understand. What if I misinterpret? What if I get it wrong? The answer is in the Word. Ask God. He promises to guide us:
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5
He wants to be close to us. But how can we hear God amongst all the noise in our lives? We call on Him, open our hearts and listen, REALLY listen:
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalms 145:18
I love the way Chip Ingram writes in The Genius of Generosity,
“It’s one thing to believe everything we have and everything we are belongs to God. It’s another for that truth to sink down into our hearts where we feel it and grasp it. And when it really sinks down, all the way into our gut where it shapes everything we think and feel and do, our lives are transformed.”
When God transforms our hearts, we become joyfully obedient! Our knowledge of God’s love, deep in our gut, gives us a how-can-we-not heart. A generous heart.
Do you also crave a transformed heart? If you’re not ready to dive into more scripture, pray over the verses we’ve explored today. Ask God to reveal Himself in everyday events. Be ready, watch and listen. God always keeps His promises, and I can’t wait to hear what He does in your heart!