Guard Your Heart

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 6:1 ESV

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Over the last several days, I have grown increasingly disheartened. You see, when I began this blog, I did so believing it was what God was calling me to do. I believed if I could help just ONE person grow in their relationship with God, it would be worth it. I am a Jesus girl on a mission and want, with my whole heart, to be used by God.

Before writing each blog article, I spend hours studying the Word and seeking God’s guidance. It is quite laborious, but a labor of love nonetheless.

Writing does not always come easily. Openly sharing with friends and strangers alike my own failings and frailties is, at times, quite terrifying. Yet, readership remains virtually nonexistent and I have contemplated giving up more than once. Negative thoughts have vigorously assaulted my mind … “maybe I got it all wrong” … “who am I to think I can do this” … “I am as big of a mess as the next person” … “why should I spend all of this time when even my friends do not take a few minutes to read it?”

I was promptly reminded of Matthew 6:1. Ashamedly, I had to admit that my motives had become misaligned. I had failed to guard my heart. What began from a pure heart had quickly become something displeasing to God. My focus had shifted from remaining faithful to God’s calling to seeking approval via social media interactions.  Satan was claiming victory.

I believe many of us desire to please or impress people. In fact, this need is what drives a lot of what we do. It is our motive. The Bible tells us, however, that God, and God alone, weighs our heart (Proverbs 21:2).

I want to encourage you to develop a habit of checking and guarding your heart. Spend some quiet time really thinking about what it is you do and, more importantly, why you do it. If we will be honest with ourselves, God can help us see the truth about our hearts and the truth will always make us free!

© 2017 by Kelli Hammond Mills.  All rights reserved.

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