Having a change of heart is important in your walk with Christ. Each of us at one point has a heart that is hardened. Thankfully God works on softening our hearts and doing a great work in us. “A change of heart (is) produced by God’s Spirit. As you allow the Spirit of God to move freely within you, your heart will continue to soften and desire God and what is pleasing to Him.
When a person has a changed heart, the person “seeks praise from God, not from people.” Because you have a heart for God, your focus is on God. You only are concerned with what concerns Him. You want to please God. You do not seek praise from people. You only seek praise from God.
Today, ask the Spirit to reveal to you the condition of your heart. Has your heart been changed? Are you allowing the Spirit to move freely? Are you seeking the praise of God or people?
“No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by God’s Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people.” – Romans 2:29 [NLT]
It is very easy to change your clothes to appear different. Many people have clothing for different events and situations. We have our work clothing, our casual clothing, our dress clothing, etc. But changing your clothing does not change you. It only changes your appearance to make you more comfortable in your environment, to help you blend in, to keep you hot/cool, or to follow some dress code requirement at work or school.
In Joel we read the need to change your life. You cannot simply change the outer appearance and think you have accomplished what God was after. God wants your heart. God wants you to have a pure heart. You can easily change your clothing and attend church and think you’ve done what was required of you. Yet your heart could be without change—the outside was changed but the inside remained the same.
Today is the day to look deep within and ask yourself if there has been a change. Have you just changed clothing? Have you simply sought a “Christian” radio station and changed your appearance? Have you started to attend church every Sunday so you can say you went to church? Or have you changed? Do you see something different about yourself? Are you more joyful? Are you more hopeful? Are you more helpful? Are you nicer? Do you act with more compassion? Are you after truth? If you aren’t seeing one bit of change, chances are you have just changed your clothes.
“Change your life, not just your clothes.
Come back to God, your God.
And here’s why: God is kind and merciful.
He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot,
This most patient God, extravagant in love,
always ready to cancel catastrophe.”
-Joel 2:13 [MSG]