Monday, January 30, 2012

The Value of a Clean Heart

May I always know
that a clean heart full of goodness
                        is more beautiful than the lily,
that only a clean heart can sing by night and by day,
that such a heart is mine when I abide at Calvary.

--The Valley of Vision, ed. Arthur Bennett, p. 173

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

PRAISE THE LORD!

Dear Kent,
With the regard to the text of Matthew 6:19-24 where our Lord, Jesus concluded that no man can serve two masters, treasures in the world to come (or out of it in Hell) will be realized by what men dream of here in this “space-time continuum.”
Where our treasure is, there our heart will also abide. Many men revel in money, as is pointed out in this text by Jesus. Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 6:10 that the love of money is “a root of all kinds of evil.” (NKJV)
Because of such things the Bible in Hebrews 3:13 reminds us to encourage one another daily [in the holy faith of the Lord, of course] lest anybody’s heart should be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Money becomes a “god” to some people. Gambling and the lottery becomes great power for some people. But such carries with it such destitution and often shame that can separate men from God.
The apostle, John warned against three primal lusts (1 John 2:16 and 17).
John Wesley toured a vast estate with a proud plantation owner. They rode their horses for hours and saw only a fraction of the man's property. At the end of the day they sat down to dinner. The plantation owner eagerly asked, "Well, Mr. Wesley, what do you think?" Wesley replied, "I think you are going to have a hard time leaving all this."
Jesus said if you want to be perfect, “Go, sell your possessions, give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven.” (Matthew 19:21)
I think we need to value what God Himself treasures. Paul wrote to the Thessalonian Church: “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? 20 For ye are our glory and joy.” So “WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN,” Kent, if we’ve NEVER been interested in Christ or His church here, I gravely doubt we’ll want to have any fellowship with them there either! --Dad