Tim is a freelance writer, poet, artist and storyteller. He always tries to find and include lessons for everyone in his writing.
There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.”
— Mark 7:15 ESV
The Bible places a lot of importance on the inner man. In Isaiah 53 the Bible states that, "out of the heart comes all manner of sins.“ And in the New Testament Jesus tells the disciples that it is not what a person is on the outside that make them who they are but what is in the heart that drives their ambitions and goals.
Now you can understand why God places so much emphasis on changing the heart and the inner man because that is the only way to change the true man. Here are five traits of the inner man which are at the center of every heart which seeks to serve.
1 Corinthians 13
“By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life,“ Proverbs 22:4 NIV
We live in a world that has lost its humility. Being #1 at everything you do is proclaimed in broadcast and print media and if you don’t measure up then you better try harder. Christians are not immune to this mentality. If you are not careful you can get caught up in the bad habit of thinking and acting like you are better then those around you or even start to attribute your success to our abilities not your availability to God.
Remember even people of God can fall. The Bible warns in Proverbs that “pride comes before the fall” and if you go back throughout history there have been many examples of Christians who have thought too highly of themselves, only to be brought to a state of humbleness before God.
Humility is important. You cannot and should not place yourselves higher then God and for that matter you should not think of yourselves as better than anybody else. You are in the same boat rowing against the current of sin. Your only hope for survival is to humble your hearts and put the oars in the hands of Jesus, then and only them will you be able to make any headway against the current.
“So I now am giving you a new commandment: love each other as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another (pattern of life) will prove to the world that you are my disciples ” John 15:4
When you love someone and they genuinely love and care for you back it will have a great impact on your life. When it comes to love, actions do speak more loudly then words. Love is the driving force behind your faith and it is the number 1 reason Jesus came.
Love is a verb. The word love has an outward active connotation to it. In America we have internalized love into just a feeling. We can love a hot dog. We can love our cars and in the same manner we can love another person. Love has become like watered down Kool Aid, weak and tasteless.
As Christians you need to put the action back in love and show the type of love Jesus showed to others, unselfish, always giving, unconditional love.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
— 1 Samuel 16:7
Isaiah states that “we like sheep have gone astray and each has turned to their own ways.” 53:6
The Bible is accused of being an irrelevant book in these modern times but all you need to do is take a look around you to see that this verse is as true today as it was in Isaiah’s time. The world feels that God is no longer there, or if as some say, if He ever was ever there to begin with, because of the shape the world is in.
You would think that Christians would be immune to this type of thinking, but they’re not. Christians still continue to turn their backs on God and His word, and then have the nerve to say that they no longer feel His presence.
Christians, the body of Christ here in America, no longer take their relationship with Jesus seriously enough. They are willing to spend hours upon hours with their earthly friends discussing all manner of topics including personal problems but never take the time to tell or ask the ever-present Jesus for help or even include Him in the conversation.
Christians need to remember that they are in the presence of God 24/7 and 365 days a year.
Holiness or Wholeness
"I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service" Romans 12:1
Many Christians don’t realize how much wholeness in their relationship to God is tied to their holiness through God and how much that wholeness and holiness will shape integrity. That is why faithfulness towards God is the number one priority in your lives.
If you are not whole heartily committed to being faithful to God then how can you ever feel that you are committed to His work? Your commitment and mindset to your relationship with God will ultimately shape the commitment you have in your earthly relationships.
Jesus mental commitment to always looking toward His Father in order to obtain wholeness and holiness through God is the type of mental commitment you need to show each and every day.
An internal commitment to love not only those people who love you but also to love those who hate you and verbally and physically spit on you in thought, words and deeds. This is true wholeness in and holiness of God.
"Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you," James 4:10
For America Christians having the heart of a servant seems to be a hard concept for many to grasp. Americans seem to have developed an inward lack of modesty and servant hood. We are a proud people, but sometimes that pride makes us appear arrogant to the world.
As Christians we have become no better than our secular counterparts. How many times as a Christian have you looked at someone and said in your heart that that person is beyond all help or will not be responsive to the good news?
How many times as Christians do we sit in judgment and announce just like the proud man in the temple who gave his offering and announced “I am glad I am not like those other people” (author paraphrase). The truth is we need to examine every bit of our character and as we have already stated in humility ask ourselves “do I have a servant’s heart?) Have I surrendered my life to God?
Some Final Thoughts
Do you live your life like the Grinch with a small heart and a sour attitude?
The Grinch failed to see with his heart and only his head. Christians are not immune to this mentality. How many times have you gone around grumbling about some small insignificant problem?
These are the problems that we let ruin our day because we don't view the world through the eyes Jesus and the Spirit of God. If we did we would see even the difficulties of life as a joy.
It goes back to the old is your cup half full or half empty philosophy. As Christian our cups should run over with joy everyday because each day is a gift from God and another day we can share the Good News of the Gospel with others.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Timothy Whitt
Timothy Whitt (author) from New Jersey on May 03, 2020:
Thanks for all the wonderful comments
Clive Williams from Jamaica on May 03, 2020:
Mankind was made with compassion and love....somewhere along the journey we soiled our diapers.
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 03, 2020:
Wonderful and full of great Bible nuggets. You made we wonder if humility is essential for a loving heart. I think so. Perhaps if I keep that cup at runeth over capacity there is no room in it for ego. And by golly that requires some service. Oh Lord let me be your servant today.
Thanks for this.
Paul K Francis from east coast,USA on May 03, 2020:
Good thoughts and well picked Bible passages. I enjoyed reading. Have a good day