(Step One: I AM SO SORRY THAT THIS IS SO LATE!!! I try to get the post to yall by Wednesday. I've been slipping lately, but I'll get better...)
I'm not a morning person. I'm actually the complete opposite of everything that it means to be a morning person. However, every Sunday, I get up at 6 a.m., & I pop up like a daisy. I've noticed this for weeks now, & I've wondered what's so special about Sunday? More specifically, what's so special about Sundays now? I've been going to church all of my life...NEVER got excited about 6 am. Then I realized that this Sunday, and more importantly, this season is different...because my heart is in it.
Now, am I saying that I can’t enjoy a church that doesn’t require me to get up at 6 a.m.?! CHILD NO!!! (trust me, I had to talk to Jesus about this whole waking up thing) I’m simply saying that I do what I have to do to get what I know I need. I get up at 6 a.m. for church because I love my church. I love what I get from it. I love the people I've met. I love what happens inside & outside of those doors. I know that it will be worth my time & effort. When I leave, waking up before daylight won't matter, because I know I'll have gotten what I needed. Every now & then, it’s good to sit down & reassess where our hearts are. It’s always helpful to see what we are giving ourselves to, and what or who is giving something to us (and what they’re giving…come on chu’ch!). Since I’ve got you here right now, I think we should make today that day.
Many people know that where your treasure is, your heart will be also (classic Matt. 6:21). If you ever question where your heart is, it may help to check & see what/who you’ve been giving yourself to. Many of us give all that we have to our spouses, our families, school work, jobs, etc., and while that is all good (please don’t stop loving your mama because you think she’s taking too much of your time lol), we’ve all got a problem if our hearts aren’t in God’s hands. The busyness of life can easily cause us to go a whole day, week, month, or maybe even a year….and not have true quality time with God. Don’t be mistaken, simply going to church does not mean that you’ve had time with God. You can sit in my house all day, but if I’m not there, or if you don’t say one word to me, we simply spent time in the same four walls….without spending time together. You typically spend time with the people and in the places where your heart is. Even if you’re not physically with them, you work to make sure that their lives are easier because you’re dedicated to that relationship. For example, I’m in law school. Baby girl has a lot going on. There probably won’t be a moment when I won’t have anything to do for the next 3 years (God, that hurt lol). But I will move heaven and earth, and work around whatever’s necessary if somebody I love calls on me. Why? Because my heart is there. They have the treasure of who I am and what I can do because my heart is with them. Those are my people!!! lol
If we’ve given all of our hearts to every thing & everybody around us….what’s left for God? Typically, we just give an offering and count it covered, but…when has that ever really brought us God’s best? What good is it to give God your money and not give Him your heart? I think we have to be very careful with the message that can be portrayed when offerings last longer than sermons and praise & worship. Giving what you have to God will forever be important. It’s how we show gratitude. I am NOT saying that nobody should ever give an offering in church again! But you cannot simply throw money at God like He’s your employee and expect Him to move based on that. God is moved by the sentiments of your heart. When you give, give whatever you have in faith believing that He’ll supply every need. If you only have half of the formula, you won’t get the correct answer. God can only do so much with your money. I’d bet that He’s not impressed or scared away by what you have in Bank of America, Chase, etc. He is more moved by the heart that you put behind what He’s given you. God can only do so much with your money (or whatever else you’ve given in an attempt to keep your heart), but He can change lives, including yours, with your heart.
I haven’t said any of this to beat you down or make you feel bad. Everybody, from the bishop to the person who’s never attended church a day in their lives needs to take a moment and reassess where their hearts are. You can be in church and lead every organization, but if your heart is not in it, you won’t reach your full potential in Christ. So….where’s your heart? Is it just in church, or is it in Christ? Is it in your family, etc. so much so that by the time you get to church on Sunday, you don’t have anything left for God? Have you gotten so wrapped up in all that God is given you that you’ve become numb? Lost? Confused? Just…there? If so, now would be a good time to start fresh, and have a chit chat with Christ. For the sake of your family, your grades, your coworkers, and more importantly, you, it’s about time that we all rededicate and refocus ourselves.
Tomorrow is Sunday (random fact of the day). So I have a challenge for you. If/when you go to church tomorrow, come from your heart. Don’t do what is routine or what you know. Let your heart speak to God….and let Him speak to your heart. If you’re going to refocus, you’ve got to start at some point. I think this moment is the “chosen one” for you to get your heart back where it belongs: in God’s hands. He knows what you have to do, and what you need to do. He knows all about the babies, the priorities, the assignments, and the requirements that life places on you. He also knows how you can handle it a bit easier, but you’ve got to let go & give Him your heart. Give Him the very essence of who you are, and watch Him take what may seem to be so little, and make it more than you could’ve ever imagined.
Background Music: Heart of Worship - Tasha Cobbs & Make Me New - Mali Music
**I really wanted to add 'Just Want You' by Travis Greene, but it's not on YouTube, & I can't upload music right now. I'd recommend that you spend the $1.29 on it though! lol**
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