Jeremiah 17:10 NLT
But I, the Lord , search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”
Yes, the Lord searches our hearts.
People around us can only see our actions, so our actions matter in how they can influence and be an example to others –
But more important is the state of our heart, because our attitude, our reason behind the actions is what matters to God.
That is why a person with a cold, dead heart that shows up every Sunday for church because it is his civic duty to be a good example, may be in a much worse state with God than that homeless addict who is trying his hardest to get his life cleaned up to serve the Lord, but who outwardly serves as a warning to others about the dangers of drugs and addiction.
Yes, the Lord uses both as an example to teach us about the dangers of this world of tricks and traps. Some traps are easy to see and recognize, like addiction – but some are more sly and clever, like pride.
This is why our hearts are where the work that matters happens.
Soften our hearts, Lord. Help us to know your love, trust your love, show your love, and be your love today.