Today we’re so often consumed with how we look and what others think of us. Yet no matter how fast and how much the world changes, God’s still more concerned with who’s after His own heart and who will do His will.
It’s often said that if you want to judge whether or not something is good or right, ask yourself, does it produce the fruit of the Spirit? Or better yet, does it allow you to produce the fruit of the Spirit? A successful life rises and falls on His presence being within us.
What’s in our hearts is the real us. And the fruit of it follows accordingly. God knows our hearts but the world needs to know our actions and love. With so many voices, agendas, and distractions competing for our allegiance, our lives must be a daily demonstration of who we live for and serve.
Grace is more than something that we receive or extend — grace is also a perspective. Understanding the grace that we’ve been given helps us to posture our hearts in a continual state of gratefulness.
David understood that he could only be as close to God as much as he inclined his heart to Him. And he inclined his heart to God by keeping the ways of God — desiring what God desired. We are not saved by works but God does instruct us how to live. And we must work in our salvation.