Posted by: pastordarren | September 13, 2012

The Condition of Our Heart

ImageI’m wondering today about the condition of our hearts and the action of our lives.

Sunday evenings Renew service is doing Sunday School 2.0 and re-looking at the story of Jonah.  The story of Jonah is one that is primarily about the disobedience then obedience of Jonah when told to go and preach to the Ninevites.  They heard, changed their ways and were spared.  It seems that the people of Nineveh’s hearts and actions were changed but through out this whole story, Jonah’s heart was still hard although he did what he had been called to do.

Jonah ran away, had to be forcibly taken (swam) back to Nineveh, was angry with God for sparing the people and then angry that a vine that was providing shade was eaten and died. 

Paul talk about something similar when he refers to people who are preaching Jesus out of selfishness and to get him in trouble as compared  to him who is doing it out of love.  He says that it really doesn’t matter why, just that it is being done.  It almost sounds like at times that it is not about heart or motivation at all but about the outward action.  Some would say just the opposite, that it is about the heart and the actions don’t count.

I don’t think is is an either/or but a both/and.  Our  hearts need to be changed AND our actions need to reflect that change.  What do you think?

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  1. Hi Darren, I enjoyed your thoughts on The condition of Our Heart. I have to say I agree with you. Interesting that Jonah was pressured into doing what God told him to do but he was angry with God for saving the people and angry that the people repented. Darn!!! I had something I wanted to add to this but it fell out of my head and disappeared.

    Take care and give everyone a hug. We love you all. Mom

    Sent from my iPad


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