Living Life God's Way 12/3/2007; Developing Our Heart For God
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Developing Our Heart For God
I will rouse your sons, O Zion, against your sons,
O Greece, and make you like a warrior's sword.
In the third and fourth centuries, Socrates and other Greek
scholars began to influence the Church in ways that were different from
the Hebraic roots of the early Church. The Greek influence appeals more
to the intellect, whereas the early-Church Hebraic model appealed to the
heart. The Greek influence resulted in more emphasis on oratory skills
and cognitive knowledge of God. Over the many centuries, this influence
has shown itself in a more programmatic approach to the gospel rather
than a process of living out our faith. So why is it important for us to
I realized in my own life that I was a product of this Greek
system. My walk with Christ focused more on what I knew than on an
intimate and powerful walk with God. Knowledge without power to express
the life within is of little value. The more programmatic the focus, the
less emphasis we place on building deep and caring relationships that
result in changed lives. Our early Church fathers knew there was a cost
to living out the Word of God, not simply giving mental assent to it.
Are you walking with God today in an intimate fellowship? Or, are
you only involved in programs and activities designed to do good things?
Reflect on Proverbs 23:12: "Apply your heart to instruction and your
ears to the words of knowledge." We must listen and respond with the
heart. Whatever service we give to God should be a result of our
relationship with our heavenly Father, not an end unto itself.
from Today God Is First by Os Hillman
Why not take a quiet moment today and reflect on your fellowship
and relationship with God. Is it more "head" or "heart"?
Be still and let God tell you how much He loves you and
wants a closer intimacy with you. Out of greater
intimacy with God comes stronger faith
and changed lives in you and others.
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