Your Heart and Actions

The Great Commission is for a believer’s life to glorify God by bringing others into the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Being called a believer is not a kind of title that one gets because he says so, but because of the heart and actions. The followers of Jesus Christ were first called Christians in Antioch not because they kept saying they followed Christ, but because of their actions which showed them to be Christ like (Acts 11:26) – heart and actions.

As a believer with a mandate to make disciples, it is expected of you to be what you preach; else, you will become like the Pharisees and the Scribes who knew the laws, thought they had the true understanding of the law, but yet still failed to even obey what they preached.

Jesus said in Matthew 23:25,

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess”. 

When you put more focus and intentionality on what people see outside or how people describe you, you neglect the important aspect which is the heart. Proverbs 4:23 says,

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life”.

This means that to be a true example of what your preach, it flows from inside to outside. What you feed your heart is what you produce when the need arises. You cannot for long keep on appearing good outside (actions/lifestyle) when the inside (heart) is rotten.

If you fail to pay attention to what is on the inside (heart), you can be likened to a fruit that seems nice and edible on the outside but when cut open is filled with things of disgust and is then thrown away.

A teacher that teaches but does not put into practice what he teaches makes it hard for the students to want to try to impact the lessons learnt into their lives because, if no fruit is produced in you, they have no reason to try.

Jesus is the Word of God made flesh which literally means God came in human form to show us what He is telling us. God came to give action to His Word. 1 Peter 1:16 says,

“Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy”.

Jesus came to show us that not only does God want us to be holy but that it is also possible. When we study the life of God, we see a life of holiness. Check yourself and see if you are an example of what you preach. Remember you are expected to be a doer and not just a hearer or a teacher (James 1:22-25).

What you are made of inside is what matters most to God. Focus on pleasing God not on pleasing humans (1 Chronicles 22:19). There are expectations from a believer in Jesus Christ.

What is on the inside (heart) is what is expressed outside (actions/lifestyle). What is on the inside shows the level of understanding you have about what you preach (Proverbs 23:7). Be what you preach. Check your heart and align it to your faith in and with God.

Kindly read this article: “Is it possible to live holy?”

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