Jesus came to dwell in our hearts. Our wretched hearts.

advent calendar Hebrews 8:10 “ I will put my laws into their minds and write them on their hearts and I will be their God and they will be my people.

It is amazing, when you think about how sinful the heart is, that THAT is where God wants to dwell. Think about your heart for a second. Doesn’t that seem like a crazy, dark, place for the Lord of the universe to WANT to dwell?

It is amazing, again, that Jesus knew our hearts so profoundly and still went through what he did.  When He walked the earth He even said, “what comes out of a person is what defiles him- For from within, out of the heart of man come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and they defile a person.”(Mark 7:20-23) He knew all that, He didn’t walk to the cross blindly. He knew that the cross meant He would be offering to take permanent residence in those dark hearts.

Think about it today as you go about normal day to day moments. I know for me, my heart is full of secrets and evil that I try to cover up and hide and pretend(even from myself!) that it’s not there. I am so selfish, daily making for myself idols of comfort and self service. I am who Isaiah describes daily; “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.” (Isaiah 29:13) And I am convicted. Where is my heart today?

And yet, THE WHOLE REASON Jesus came to the world, as a baby, was to be intimately involved in my day-to-day heart issues. OUR day to day issues.  To know me, to know you, to call each of us by name and to save us from our selfishness! To convict me of the darkness and to make me a new. Over and over, day after day, with each and every little thing that is distracting me from HIM.

He wants our heart. He wants to DWELL there.

God desires to turn our hearts into a good dwelling place, to be glorified in our hearts today. TODAY! He desires as the book of Hebrews and the prophets say, to write His laws on our hearts! To be our God. He SO LONGS for us to be His people- not just by what we say with our lips- but in every inch of our hearts.

May our prayer today be Psalm 139:23 “Search me O God and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!” May they be glorifying to you, Oh God! Amen.

{an excerpt i wrote for our church advent devotional}

Merry Christmas dear ones. I pray that we all look at the babe come for our hearts and see Him glorified this Christmas.

 

xoxo-kimberly renee

One Response to Jesus came to dwell in our hearts. Our wretched hearts.

  1. Karen December 24, 2016 at 1:24 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this today, Kim. I need to print it out and read it often. I was just praying about these things this morning! Merry christmas!

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