2. The Heart of the Matter

God is always after our hearts. On one hand because He desires our love and worship, on another because He understands that we will give our heart away to someone or something.

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

Colossians 3:1-3

God asks us to surrender because He wants our entire heart. When you are in a relationship, do you want anything less? Considering that He is our Creator, is it too much to ask? It is the reason He periodically asks us to relinquish activities that we believe make, or would make, our life enjoyable. The reason He asks us to lay down dreams for the future that we are running hard toward.

The concept of surrender is scary. We don’t want to be vulnerable. The hole in our heart is made painfully obvious in the quietness it brings to our spirit. When Jesus enters that hole though, we become whole.

God did not create robots. We are people with hearts and minds, people who can make our own decisions about what or who to give our passion to. That choice was given to us because God desired for us to actually, truly love Him. Not to love Him because we have to, or even out of obligation.

There is a problem though. When we try to fill our heart with anything but Jesus, a vicious cycle begins. It’s a trap that only pulls us further and further into captivity. So often we call it a schedule, “my usual coffee,” my music, etc. It could be anything really. Pressure sets in as we feel that we are the ones who make our lives “good.”

Pretty soon we are chasing the “good life” constantly.

God knows what we need, even more then we personally do.

Is that crazy to you? Do you believe that fact? Do you believe that God has your best interest at heart?

When we hand our heart to Jesus, first He fulfills us with Himself, then He brings things along that fill our heart to overflowing. Now the very things we went to before are no longer a “need” but rather, an expression of God’s goodness and love.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

-James 1:17

So what is that “thing” in your life? The next time you are feeling lonely or down, feeling like you need a fix, instead of manipulating the situation, pray. Let God know what you’re feeling and ask Him to fulfill you. Let Jesus pursue your heart. He is quite worthy of winning your affection.

This is a great song called, “The Shape of Your Love” by Colton Dixon:


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