~Proverb 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
If every thought, both good and bad, were revealed to those closest to you, where would you find yourself? Would you be embarrassed? What is in the heart, in the deepest and hidden recesses, dictates the person you are. Only you and God know your thoughts. God sees each and every thing we hide away in our heart.
~Jeremiah 17:9-10 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
The born-again believer does not have to worry about where he will spend eternity. However, the fruits of his life after salvation will be converted to either precious stones or stubble. All these will be burned and ‘tried’ so reveal its worth. (1 Corinthians 3:12-15) What kind of stubble is hidden deep in our hearts? Is it resentment – anger – addiction? Wouldn’t it be best to be rid of these dead works – this ugly stubble? When the moment of “revelation by fire” comes, wouldn’t you prefer the end result to be precious stones (Godly works)? (1 Corinthians 4:5, Ecclesiastes 12:14) The stubble will be revealed before all to see. (Romans 4:12)
Christian, how much better is it to take care of those dark places now rather than leave them hidden only to have them totally exposed when you stand before Christ? Isn’t it better to leave only those things which will reveal jewels for our crowns? What better gift to lay at the Lord Jesus Christ’s feet than those things which we did after our salvation which honoured and glorified Him! (Revelation 4:10)
Why not take a few moments to reflect on those dark and hidden areas in your heart? Remove the dirty cobwebs and sweep out those corners. Ask the Lord’s forgiveness for where you have failed and He will be faithful to forgive you! (1 John 1:9) Start the new year with a clean slate. Get in God’s word; let its truths penetrate your heart and white wash it; continue to keep your heart clean and purify your thoughts. This heart change will produce precious stones at the “revelation by fire” and you will be overjoyed when you can give your gift to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!