Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Monday, December 24, 2012

The Heart, the Head and the Hands

Psalm 119: 10-11 "With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."
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Who were are as a person is the sum of what we feel, think and do. You could say that we find our true selves at the intersection of the heart, the head and the hands. What we feel in our hearts, what we think in our heads, and what we do with our hands is all interconnected; one never acts independently of the other. Note that one part of our body not included in this triangle is the mouth. Its very easy to think one thing and say another, or to say one thing and do another. People do it all the time...You do it all the time.But the heart, the head and the hands are inseparable. 

The writer of Psalm 119 understood that not only are these three connected, but he understood that of the three, the heart is the foundation. He realized that what we do is a result of what we think, and what we think is the fruit of what's planted in our hearts. That is why he wrote that he sought God with his whole heart; and that he hid God's word in his heart so that he would not sin against God with his thinking or his doing. 

Often we want to make changes in our life, either because we are tired of our own behavior, or someone else is. So we try to work at changing how we think or changing what we do. We read books on positive thinking. We go through programs to change our behavior. But with our hearts at the root of all that we are, those tactics will in time prove to be fruitless. Think about how many times you wanted to change, or someone else begged you to change, and you promised to change, and for a little while you did change, but sooner of later you and they realized there really was no change at all. 

For your behavior to be transformed, your thinking must be transformed; and for your thinking to be transformed, your heart must be transformed. And the only One who can transform your heart is God. That's why King David cried out to him "create in me a clean heart..", because he knew that for his thinking to get right and for his doing to get right, his heart had to get right, which meant getting right with God.

How's your heart? Is it filled with love and kindness? Or is it filled with hate and sin? If you're not sure, look at your hands. Are they dirtied by the sinful things you've been doing? Think about your thinking. Is your mind filled with bad thoughts you just can't seem to get rid of? You can give your life to Christ, and its as easy as saying right now "Lord, I believe in You and I give my heart to You." Then watch Him draw you to His word in the Bible and start the process of changing your heart, your head and your hands.

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