Do You Have an Earthly Heart or a Heavenly Hope?
Cultivating a Heavenly Hope in Your Heart
by Veritas Vita 777
Do you have an earthly heart? I saw this quote from William Gurnall today and it made me ask myself that question. I do have a heavenly hope. I am saved by the grace of God. I have new life in Christ. However, I still think that you can have an earthly heart even when you are a Christian. And that’s not good. You should be focused on that heavenly hope instead – as God is at work in your life daily.
“Nothing is more contrary to a heavenly hope than an earthly heart.” – William Gurnall
Having an earthly heart is when you are focused on the self and not on the spirit. You are more focused on getting your own way than in doing things God’s way.
I’ve been a Christian for a while. I’ve had my ups and downs in my walk of faith. One of the biggest struggles for me is NOT getting my own way, BUT rather trying to do things God’s way. It’s okay to struggle with this. That’s something I had to learn in my spiritual journey.
I’ve falsely thought that I had to be perfect, but that’s not possible. I am made righteous through Jesus’s death on the cross and then through His resurrection. God is sanctifying me daily.
Yet there is a continual step that I need to take along the way.
I must be open to God’s direction daily. I need to constantly push down my flesh and desire to walk in my spirit – under the direction of the Holy Spirit. I need to daily decide to follow the ways of God and not follow my own path. Of course, I’m not talking about getting saved again and again. That is not Biblical. However, I do play a role in myself working out my own salvation daily.
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.14 Do all things without [a]complaining and disputing,[b] 15 that you may become blameless and [c]harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. 17 Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me. (Phil. 2:12-18, NKJV)
In Phil. 2:12, Paul urges believers to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. He’s NOT saying that salvation can be earned. It can’t. It is a gift of grace from God through the death and resurrection of His Son. However, you must do your part to continue to grow in your walk with the Lord.
Do you have an earthly heart or a heavenly hope?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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