Acts 1:23-26: The heart of the matter. (Please click for today’s passage)

I’m grateful to a friend for pointing out a further thought about the church’s prayer for a leader to replace Judas. It relates to the words:

‘’Lord, you know everyone’s heart’’ (24).

The point, so rightly made by my friend, is that leadership is fundamentally a matter of the heart. You can look shiny and impressive on the outside; you can appear all gifted and talented; you can wear a lovely polished sheen. But what have you really got ‘under the bonnet’? It’s an important question.

‘’But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘’Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.’’ ‘’ (1 Samuel 16:7). Put simply, David would not have become king based merely on image. Others of his brothers would have appeared in ‘Hello’ magazine. But David was a man ‘’after God’s own heart’’, and God could see beyond the surface of things.

The heart of a leader is so important: ‘’What you say flows from what is in your heart’’ (Luke 6:45, New Living Translation).

‘’For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him’’ (2 Chronicles 16:9).

How’s your heart? Christianity is above all else a matter of the heart. As we make final preparations for Christmas day 2016, I ask the question, ‘Has Jesus been born in your heart?’ Is there ‘room’ for Him there? Does God fully have your heart?

PRAYER: ‘’O Holy Child Of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray. Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.