In my few years of being on this planet I have discovered that human is human. You can’t really say a motive for which a person does anything except the person tells you. This is so because the human heart is enclosed with someone’s discretion to do anything whether it is good or evil. By this God is proven to be All-knowing, All-Present and All-powerful. He created man as a rational being – with the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:5). God did not want to dictate for man, his reasoning and action. This is why the Bible says we shall be judged accordingly on the Judgment Day.
In this discourse, we shall consider:
- Who is a Christian?
- What is the heart?
- The function of the heart
- The content of the Christian’s heart.
- What a Christian heart should not be
- Admonition and Conclusion.
Who is a Christian?
- A Christian is one who is like Christ Jesus. He or she is a peculiar person. A Christian is a called out person from the world (Acts 11: 26; Phil. 2: 5, 1 Peter 2:9)
What is the heart?
- The heart is a vital organ of the body. It is where the blood is circulated to other parts of the body. It is the fountain of life. (Prov. 4: 23, Prov. 14: 30, Prov. 15: 28). The heart is a delicate and fragile part of human body.
The function of the heart
- Physically, the heart does the work of pumping and circulating blood to all parts of the body. Spiritually, the heart is where the words of God are stored to help man live the type of life God wants for man. In Matthew 12: 35, Jesus says, ” A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. The heart is the center or the fountain of life. Good or bad lifestyle of man comes from the heart. The Bible says the mouth speaks at the fullness of the heart. Some of here talk a lot. They talk to bring others down, to cause discord among brethren instead of encouraging unity and building the Fold of God in love. It is bad you know. Colossians 3:8 says, “…now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth”. Love and life spring from the heart. Love and life stop to exist whenever a Christian heart stops working for Christ Jesus.
The content of the Christian’s heart.
- Galatians 5: 19-21 has the contents of the heart to include both positive and negative features. A Christian heart is that which trust in the Lord (Prov. 8: 5). A Christian heart is one that teaches a person as well as helps him or her to adhere to God’s Word (Prov. 17: 3)
You are what you are because of what you think about continually. You are Godly – positive or ungodly – negative person because you choose to be that. It was Judas who made himself available for Satan at the Lord’s Table. John 13:27 says, “And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.” Don’t let anybody to poison your heart with negativity. It is time to expel hate, deceit, envy, jealous, fear, pride, segregation and all forms of ungodly tendencies from our hearts. It is important that we remind ourselves that the contents of our hearts are not hidden from the Almighty God. As I speak now, God is aware of what we are thinking and what we intent to do after now. In your attempt to examine and judge your brother or sister, do you care to examine and judge him or her in love? This is what Jesus teaches in Matthew chapter 7:1-6. As Christians, we should tune our hearts to think about “…..whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Philippians 4:8). We must know that the content of our hearts is what attracts us to God or Satan. The question we should ask ourselves is, Is our hearts right with God? Is your heart a dwelling place of God or of something else?
What a Christian heart should not be
- A Christian heart should not be a place for: Deceit – deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil. (Prov. 12: 20). Envy is not good for our hearts. It is not everything you see on others, you should desire to have. Proverbs 14:30 says, “A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.” As a Christian, you have no dealings with envying someone who sins. A Christian heart is not a place for fear because a fearful person cannot please God. A Christian heart should not dwell in negativity. A negative heart is proned to doing wickedness or evil things.
- Before now the heart of man was desperately wicked (Gen. 6: 5). God was grieved because of man’s ungodliness (Gen. 6: 6). Today even when Jesus Christ had died for man, many are still grieving God because their hearts are grossly wicked and evil. No person will have reason to escape the punishment of God for being wicked or unrighteous since the Word of God is preached every day. In 1 Samuel 7:1-3, Samuel told the children of Israel, “If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines. Because of what God has done for us, we must fear God and serve Him in truth with all our hearts. (1Sam. 12: 24; 2 Chron. 19: 9). Therefore, we must return to God with all our heart.
Prov. 7: 25 says, “Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.” Your heart may deceive you to think that you are always correct in what you say or do. A Christian is someone who knows his or her weaknesses and accept such weaknesses with the humility to seek for forgiveness from God. The Bible says, “Let the Lord direct your steps instead of devicing his ways (Prov. 16: 9). As Christians, we all know that we will be judged according to our deeds. Therefore, Colossians 3: 15 -16 admonishes, “…let the peace of God rule in your hearts, since as members of one Body you were called to peace… Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom….”
Admonition and Conclusion.
Let me ask, Does your conscience prinks you when you do wrong or sin? As a Christian, how often have you examined your speeches and actions? David was so conscious of His relationship with God. This is why he could pray in Psalms 26:2: “Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.” This is what we should emulate. The truth is that no one can examine his or her speech or action except the Word of God dwells richly in his or her heart.
My beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord, the heart of a Christian is unique and distinctive because such is a:
- Loving and compassionate heart
- Forgiving heart
- Accommodating and hospitable heart
- Contented heart
- Charitable heart
- Disciplining heart
- Empathizing and encouraging heart. We know that all these and others are they are critical in our lives as Christians.
It is time for us to engage our hearts in meaningful and Godly ventures to the Glory of our God and Father. Apostle Paul in Romans 16:19-20 charges us, “For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” Let us not give the evil ones the chance to ruin our hearts towards the purpose of God for this Congregation. Therefore, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” -James 4:7.
My prayer is, Dear FATHER please recreate in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us in the Name of JESUS, Amen.
I LOVE YOU ALL.
UYO TOWN CHURCH OF CHRIST
20 PAUL BASSEY STREET, UYO
SERMON PRESENTED BY BRO. AKANINYENE D. AKPAN (MIN.) ON 26TH JAN. 2020