The Heart Should Come First

Although details are important, the matters of the heart should come first!


In the New Testament we can find information about two sisters who loved the Lord, but were different in their personalities on how they worshipped Him.  These two sisters were Martha and Mary. 


Martha was the sister that was concerned about the details.  Although Martha loved the Lord, she worshipped Him more from the mind than the heart.  Martha was always busy wanting to make sure everything was going well in her home.  We can read this about Martha in Luke chapter ten where she complains to Jesus about her sister not helping her with the duties of serving the guests. Mary, on the other hand, was the one whose heart was always set on the Lord.  In the scripture we can find Mary usually at Jesus’ feet listening and worshipping Him, or off in a room praying, pondering, and mourning.  Both women loved the Lord and both of them had qualities that we should exhibit in our lives.


Read here the words of 1Tim. 1:5 “Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from a sincere faith.”  When we are commanded in the Gospels to love the Lord with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength, we must do so out of a pure heart.  A heart that is right with God, a heart that is focused on God, and a heart that is devoted to God.  When we faithfully love and serve the Lord, we will have a good conscience for doing so.


Let us all desire to have a heart for the Lord and the aspiration to serve Him fully in every area He leads and directs us too.