Friday, May 3, 2013
Ministering with a Pure Heart
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 NLT
While praying the other day, a thought came to my mind. It went something like this, “Success in Christian service is measured not by the largeness of your ministry but by the depth of your heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 says that man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks at our hearts. If we have pure hearts, our ministry to others will be untainted and effective. But if our hearts are not in tune with God’s Spirit and God’s word our ministry to others – no matter how “successful” – will not please our Master.The Scripture says that David was a man after God’s heart. He had a big heart for God. The Lord told Samuel to anoint the next king of Israel among Jesse’s sons. The Lord had Samuel pass by all seven of David’s brothers. The young lad was not even invited to the event – he was watching over his family’s herd of sheep. Samuel asked for David and anointed him to be king. Though David had many failures in his life, his tender heart for God made him the greatest king Israel ever had. Acts 13:36 says, “For David after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers….” David served his own generation by the will of God. This tells me that David’s life ultimately pleased God.
I also want to live a life that pleases God and I am sure you do too. I know that the Lord desires that we bear much fruit. It is, of course, better that we reach many people rather than a few, but is the quality of our ministry that matters most to the Father.Let’s be diligent to guard our hearts while we believe the Lord for a greater impact in ministry. Let’s keep our relationship with Jesus sweet and intimate. When we keep this as the first thing in our lives, God will see fit to trust us with greater influence in ministry. If the root is good, the branches will flourish.
Dear Father God,Help me to guard my heart with all diligence. Teach me to worship, pray, and feed on your word daily. Shine your light on anything in my heart that is not right. Let me minister to others with a pure heart. Thank you for using me in a mighty way for your glory. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.