I am so thankful Jesus gets to the heart of every matter. When I let His Words be driven deep into my heart, the burden will be personal and, in the end light, as I respond to Him in obedience. (Matt. 11:30) When I keep my eyes focused on Him, and my heart tuned to His, then I am eager to carry out His mission, which is tailored for me and also interested to hear the unique mission He has given you. We then can celebrate His glory in unison, even if He displayed it quite differently in each of us.
The Pharisees of Jesus day were forever trying to appear one up on their Jewish counterparts and even on Jesus. Even the disciples fell into the temptation to one up their performance above others on occasion. Jesus told them the folks they were concerned about would surely be changed by His own powerful name, which they were proclaiming. He went around their argument to the heart of the matter. He made it clear that His divine Words to the heart of each matter were superior to anything they had ever heard before.
To really allow God to get to my heart is a far different matter then tritely saying He does, and He certainly knows the difference. To allow His Holy Spirit to soften my heart means allowing His hands, in effect, to take a hardened portion and squeeze it back to mold-ability and usefulness. It may mean a layer is pulled back to expose something starkly in need of correction. It means I will be willing to accept His challenge to do more for Him. It means I will be thinking on what He is trying to say to me, and praying for further revelation. It means I will be open to wise counsel that embraces God’s creativity in accomplishing His purposes in myriads of ways, and that I will not feel peer pressure to compare with anyone else, nor impatience to run ahead of Him. Peer pressure can be a good thing, if it wakes us up to what we’re to be doing and inspires us to get on with it, while giving us support. Yet, as long as we are truly seeking God’s will and striving to perform it and support others as they do they same in whatever way they are inspired, there really is something to the strange saying, “There’s more then one way to skin a cat.”
Responding to God’s heart work means I will be putting into practice His mission in me that “fits” with my unique circumstances that I am in, unless He sees fit to change them. When God gets to the heart of my matters, it changes me. I am restless to hear more from Him. What about you? How does it change you when He softens an area of your heart? Do you find it hard to press in to His will that is tailor made for you? Do you feel the excitement of His personal revelation to you? Is waiting for further direction hard for you, as it is for me?