"For when David had served God's purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his fathers and his body decayed." Acts 13:36
A past military leader spoke of the dignity and honesty that should grace the life of any individual. “When I stand before God,” he said, “He won’t ask me for my resume.”
His remark is profoundly simple and meaningful. Although we tirelessly work at improving our performance, God is concerned with a far more accurate measurement – the heart.
Knowing that God looks at the heart gives hope and inspiration to any man or woman who wants to be used by God. We don’t have to possess a college degree, attend a mega-church, or master the Greek and Hebrew languages of the Bible. Nor do we need a family history of walking with God for years. God’s requirement is a pure heart, a hunger and thirst to know and serve Him without consideration of reward.
David became king of Israel because through failure, turmoil, hardship, and challenge, his heart was bent toward God. When he sinned, he repented and asked God’s forgiveness. When he was helpless and in suffering, he called out to God for help. He felt no sense of embarrassment before others because of his passionate love for God.
Whoever you are, God can and will use you in an eternal, meaningful way if you maintain childlike faith and dependence on Him. This is His primary requirement for spiritual growth and fruitfulness in our lives.
Posted on Thu, February 21, 2013
by Dave Jones