Have you ever felt guilty of not being perfect enough for God? Finding yourself disappointed because you know you disappointed God? Wishing for a perfect heart that seemed too far to reach?
There have been many times where I too found myself disappointed from my mistakes and failures. I recently failed a commitment I had made, and could not help but feel guilty for not standing up to a responsibility I was suppose to do. That night I prayed to God and told him that I didn’t feel good enough for him. As much as I desired serving God, there were some days where I lost his desire in my heart. I didn’t have the “perfect heart” that many of my fellow ministers seemed to have. But in the midst of my cry to God he told me,“I’m not looking for your perfect heart, I only want your broken heart.” That night I learned this truth:
God is not looking for your perfect heart. He only wants your broken heart so that he can take the broken pieces and turn it into a perfect heart that belongs to him.
Our hearts cannot be perfect alone; we need God to perfect it. It can be easy to rely on our own strengths and capabilities to shape the perfect heart that we want, but if we do this we will find ourselves failing to complete the perfect heart that we desire. The best way to have a perfect heart is to give our broken heart to God.
Once we have a heart that belongs to God, we will find ourselves desiring what he desires without any struggles. Give God your heart so that he can give you back a heart that is filled with his desires. God wants to give us a heart like heaven; a heart that is in accordance to his kingdom. The byproduct of a heart that is owned by God is one that desires what he desires.
So now you might ask, how do I know if I have the perfect heart that belongs to God? It is simple: Your heart will tell you.
1 John 3:20 says, “If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.” Your heart will condemn you when you do wrong against God. As much as we want to runaway from the truth of our failures, the heart knows and it will condemn you. The good news is, it is not the end when your heart condemns you. God doesn’t want to be greater than your heart, he wants your heart to be right where he his. If your heart condemns you, then you know that your heart does not belong to God. But if you surrender and give your heart to God, it will open the window of blessings to your life.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.” Guarding your heart is so important because it determines your destiny. Your heart is the storehouse for God’s truth to resonate in your body, mind, and soul. It is a necessity for you to have a perfect heart owned by God. Without an open and willing heart to God, it will close the doors that God has prepared for you and prevent you from gaining the desires that he has for you. A heart that does not belong to God will prevent you from pursuing the great plans that he has prepared for you.
Our actions all come from the condition of our heart. Everything we do starts from the heart because the heart is what produces our thoughts and actions. To guard also means to examine, so we should examine our hearts to make sure that it is aligned with what God loves and desires. Ask God to help you examine your heart and turn your broken heart into a perfect heart like his.
I challenge all of you to give your hearts to Christ and let him perfect it. When you replace your heart with a heart that belongs to God, you will start to see blessings in your life flow from it. Rest your heart in God’s hand because it is the best place and condition for your heart to be at. Only God can turn your broken heart into something beautiful. So remember, God is the way to a perfect heart.