This is no unusual occurrence; it is the general rule of the moral universe that those men prosper who do their work with all their hearts, while those are almost certain to fail who go to their labour leaving half their hearts behind them. God does not give harvests to idle men except harvests of thistles, nor is He pleased to send wealth to those who will not dig in the field to find its hid treasure. It is universally confessed that if a man would prosper, he must be diligent in business. It is the same in religion as it is in other things. If you would prosper in your work for Jesus, let it be heart work, and let it be done with all your heart. Put as much force, energy, heartiness, and earnestness into religion as ever you do into business, for it deserves far more. The Holy Spirit helps our infirmities, but He does not encourage our idleness; He loves active believers. Who are the most useful men in the Christian church? The men who do what they undertake for God with all their hearts. Who are the most successful Sabbath-school teachers? The most talented? No; the most zealous; the men whose hearts are on fire, those are the men who see their Lord riding forth prosperously in the majesty of His salvation. Whole-heartedness shows itself in perseverance; there may be failure at first, but the earnest worker will say, “It is the Lord’s work, and it must be done; my Lord has bidden me do it, and in His strength I will accomplish it.” Christian, art thou thus “with all thine heart” serving thy Master? Remember the earnestness of Jesus! Think what heart-work was His! He could say, “The zeal of Thine house hath eaten Me up.” When He sweat great drops of blood, it was no light burden He had to carry upon those blessed shoulders; and when He poured out His heart, it was no weak effort He was making for the salvation of His people. Was Jesus in earnest, and are we lukewarm?
Not just penance that gives licence to sin some more.
Change must start from the heart;
A turn that is one hundred and eighty degrees.
Charity must come from the heart;
Not a deceptive show of piety to the world.
Compassion must come from the heart;
Not with a hidden agenda.
Faith must come from the heart;
Not partly depending on works.
Love must come from the heart;
Not for what you can get.
Offering must come from the heart
with willingness and cheerfulness.
7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good.
23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
24 Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.
26 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.
28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,
30 and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’
31 “Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.
3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD.
4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering,
5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
The heart of the matter
Is a matter of the heart. Worship has to offer
The best to God, from the start.
Worship belongs to God,
And to God alone worship belongs.
Worship may be with a song,
But when there is no song, it is not wrong.
It could even be with a sweet silent song;
Or a crazy hearty praise.
Yet, it has to be God-centred
And never self-centred.
When worship is taken from God,
Then man invites His wrath and rod
You were born to give Him pleasure.
He must be your greatest treasure.
So love Him beyond all measure,
And you will have joy unspeakable.
Deny yourself, pay the price.
Make the necessary sacrifice.
It will be costly but worthy;
Not too much to give the Almighty.
The lambs to be slain include:
Money offering, selfless serving,
Confessing, praying and praising.
Others are: the just cause fighting.
Egotism, Excellent work producing,
Reverencing, fasting, evangelising,
And obeying the King of kings
For when you give Him pleasure,
You will have true pleasure-
Real pleasure that will endure;
Timeless, golden, eternal,
Worth while and satisfying.