WHAT’S IN YOUR HEART? Andy Hollifield 9-7-18
Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
There is a commercial that has been running successfully for a few years now. It is advertising Capital One credit cards. The gist of the ad is that with their card you can get more benefits such as travel, security, lower interest, and it is accepted more places than other credit cards. As the ad closes they ask this question; “What’s in your wallet.” I think it is a very good ad for selling people their credit services. It makes you evaluate your life and the pleasures you want to experience. They try to make you believe that your life can never be as good and full as it should be without their card. Some ad executive earned his pay on that one. It obviously works or they would have abandoned those ads by now.
I would imagine by now you have figured out where I am going with this. That is why I asked the question; “What’s in your heart.” There are some things that have to be in your heart if you ever want to get out of this world alive. “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7). Of course Jesus has to be your Savior but there are some things, or maybe I should say characteristics or qualities, that will give evidence in your life as to whether or not you have ever been born again. Anybody can say “I believe in God.” That’s a good start. The bible says in James 2:19 “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” Ask yourself this question, “Could I be convicted of being born again by the way I live my life?” Something to think about isn’t it?
In 1 John 3:14 the bible says “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.” If you can’t love folks and have compassion, I would question whether or not I had the Lord in my heart. I am not advocating condoning sin, but if you are born again, you should have pity and compassion for those in whose lives sin still has a stronghold.
We should have the love of the Father in our hearts. We should have a disdain for the world and worldly things. “Love not the world neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15). Luke 10:30 tells the story of a traveler that was beaten and robbed and left for dead. It goes on to talk about those that had no compassion and passed him by and the one that helped him. That is a good example of the kind of love we should have for everyone and especially those still in sin. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Paul gives a list of various types of sinners that will not enter heaven. He finishes his list in verse 11 with this statement: “And such were some of you.” That’s enough to knock anyone off of their high horse isn’t it. He goes on to tell the difference between the folks on the list and those that have been born again. “But ye are washed, ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” I believe the Corinthian church must have been a lot like us. By the way he was talking in his letter, you would think they might have had a tendency to get proud and think they were better than the sinners they were supposed to be leading to the Lord. Paul also talks in chapter 13:1-3 about how that without charity, we are nothing. Not the sinner is nothing, but those that can’t love the sinner are nothing.
Paul said in Romans 10:9, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” On down in verse 13 he said, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” He didn’t list a bunch of conditions or anything else that is required except confessing with your mouth and believing with your heart.
Based on those scriptures, it would seem that the most important thing is “What’s in your heart?” God told Samuel in 1 Samuel 16:7 that he didn’t look on the outward appearance of a man but on the heart. So, with all of that said, “What’s in your heart?” Pity, compassion, and charity or judgment, criticism, and hate. I hope this encourages each of you to be reminded of where you came from and what you used to be. The benefits of having Jesus in your heart are the same as having the credit card but far better. You will one day travel out of this world and spend eternity in security and the only thing you have that will be accepted for entry is, “What’s in your heart?” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!