“My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.” (Proverbs 4:20-22). “To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.” (Proverbs 8:13, NIV).
I want the Lord to look at me and be pleased. I don’t want Him to see anything He would “hate.” I want to have listened to His words. When I am at the end of my life, I want Him to look at me and say, “You heard Me. You listened to My voice amidst the world’s clutter, your own good desires, your need for approval and acceptance.” I want Him to say, “You heeded My words and did not lay up treasures for yourself here on earth.”
I want my heart to be in the right place. I want to live Matthew 16:24-28 in whatever way God desires. I want to be led with the eyes of my heart, a heart of faith, and with ears opened to the Master’s voice. I want to live in daily communion with Him, sensitive to His leading, while desensitized to my own.
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.’” (Matthew 16:24-28).
Further References: Proverbs 4:20-27, 6:16-19; Matthew 6:19-21
©2005 Masterpiece of the Wilderness, Deanna Deering