A wise preacher once said, "I preach for Thursday...not just for Sunday." The thought behind this statement is that it's easy to keep focused on God and what He's teaching us on Sundays. However, as the week progresses, it becomes more and more difficult to recall these things as we walk through our week and the "natural entropy of memory" sets in! However, to live WELL, we NEED to continue growing all throughout the week! With that thought, I want to recap a HUGE lesson we learned this past Sunday:
In Zechariah 7, we see a group of people coming to the temple to seek God's favor. They have a question to ask of God...and this question is about a "fast" that they had been doing for 70 years. They wanted to know if they still had to do it.
How many times do we find ourselves asking, "Do I still need to do this?" or "What's the point?" or "Is this even still worth it?" I ask these types of questions all the time!
Rather than answering these questions directly, we learn about God's prevailing concerns about us in his response.
Zechariah 7:9-10 [9 “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another. 10 Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and the poor. And do not scheme against each other.]
It's almost like God sees the question about fasting...but then directs his answer to the true issue at hand...the condition of their hearts! God is ALWAYS most concerned about the condition of our hearts.
Asking if we HAVE-TO-DO something can be a good indicator that our heart is not in the right place! Yet, we need to always be mindful of the condition of our hearts.
As we processed this thought together, I left our church with 3 questions to help us evaluate how our hearts are doing:
1. Where are you just going through the motions of life?
2. Is your pursuit of God for YOU or for HIM?
3. What do you need to do TODAY to soften your heart?
To help us carry this thought into Thursday :), I want to add a 4th question into the mix:
4. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO LET GO OF TODAY TO SOFTEN YOUR HEART?
Our time is too short...and life is too precious...to have hard hearts. Being too busy can make us loathe the good things that we're to do...and it can give us more room to do the things that will keep our hearts soft (bringing peace and harmony into our relationships, showing love and loyalty to our neighbors, looking out for the weak and oppressed around us and practically stepping in to help)!
Is there something that you need to let go of today to keep your heart soft?
What will you let go of? I'd love to know!