The Gift Inside – Give Him Your Heart

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“… Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering” (Romans 12:1 Message Bible).

I hate wrapping gifts.

Let me rephrase that. I am not good at wrapping presents. The imperfect lines, and massive amounts of tape I have to use to make things stay in place, make me crazy and are a constant reminder of my shortcomings as a gift-wrapper. I envy people who can make everything look perfect. I try really hard, but my imperfections seem to be more obvious the more I try to hide them.

My only hope is that the gift inside will make up for my inadequacies.

This Christmas I Wonder how many of us feel like my sad looking presents under my tree. When thinking of the perfect that God has given us in His Son, do We start to Wonder if what we have to offer is enough?

As this holiday season is coming to an end, I Want to challenge you (and me) to look past our imperfections and shortcomings and give the Lord what He really wants. Give Him your heart. Give Him your I thoughts. Give Him the work of your hands and the purpose of your efforts. Give Him the best of what you have, even if it doesn’t feel good enough for our perfect God.

I know it is so hard this time of year to keep focused on what really matters. Traditions and busy schedules can either become a distraction from Jesus, or an act of worship. Let’s be intentional and use the common things of this day to worship our Savior. Maybe even wrapping gifts can be an act of worship.

~PASTOR SUSAN B.

Delighting in God

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“Delight yourselfin the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4 ESV).

What does it mean to delight yourself in the Lord? The Hebrew word for delight means “to take pleasure in.” When was the last time you took pleasure in the Lord?

Personally, I can say that there have been times in my life where being in the Lord’s presence has been a true pleasure and delight. I have loved spending time with Him in the Word and through worship. I have felt the Holy Spirit’s leading and have seen His loving touch bring life and hope into my life.

Unfortunately, I cannot claim perfection in this area. There are days when taking pleasure in the Lord is the farthest thing from my mind. I get caught up in the day-to-day grind and overwhelmed by the uncertainty of the future. I know that if I discipline myself to spend time with God and ask Him to draw my heart to His heart that I will change. His desires will become my own.

Many times I try to change God’s desires instead of let Him change me. I pray and do what I can to convince Him that my ideas and plans are what’s best. I think it’s human nature to do this, but it is the opposite of what the Scripture tells us we need to do.

I act as if I can only delight in God after my heart’s desires have been given to me.

My flesh is weak and foolish. Only in delighting in God first will I ever truly be given the desire of my heart, because He will always be my heart’s greatest desire . . . whether I realize it, or not.

I encourage you (and me) to seek God’s heart first and foremost. Spend time taking pleasure in Him and then let His heart shape your desires.

~Pastor Susan B.