This past Sunday I had woken up and already knowing that I was going to church today, I thought “what am I going to wear?” and immediately after I thought that a completely random thought and video slideshow came into my mind about The Widow’s Offering in Mark 12:41-44 (NLT) which says “Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins. Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.” Not only did Jesus already know before hand that she had given all she had, but He saw the intention of her heart.
So, about the clothing, I know this part is not in the bible but I was shown this part. I was shown the clothes that they wore back then, in that country. They don’t wear what we wear, they are basically all in uniform with the turban or the head wrap. Maybe the rich had better fabric than the poor, but they still had clothes – but even still Jesus didn’t focus on the clothes in this story, He focused on their hearts.
So, I woke up this past Sunday morning with a new perspective. God showed me that our hearts have eyes. The eye of our heart – and in this specific moment before God revealed this teaching to me; the eye of my heart was not really focused on the Lord but on myself. Worries of 1st world countries like “what am I going to wear” that means little to the Lord.
I could be going to church, looking great, seeming put together but my focus isn’t God. It’s on how awesome I am cause of works (pride) or If I look acceptable in the eyes of these people. (wow) Some of the body of christ does unfortunately focus on the outside appearance of a person but God sees the heart.
So, after God showed me that I just picked a random dress and put light makeup on, but my heart and mind was on Jesus. He made me.
This moment really put me in the right direction, so I love God for doing that and for allowing me to listen to His counsel and teaching. He is the greatest teacher and I really admire that so much from Jesus 😀
Another bible verse is when David, a young boy is chosen & anointed to become the King after Saul by the prophet Samuel…
1 Samuel 16:2-13 (NLT) But Samuel asked, “How can I do that? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.”“Take a heifer with you,” the Lord replied, “and say that you have come to make a sacrifice to the Lord. Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you which of his sons to anoint for me.” So Samuel did as the Lord instructed. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town came trembling to meet him. “What’s wrong?” they asked. “Do you come in peace?” “Yes,” Samuel replied. “I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Purify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then Samuel performed the purification rite for Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice, too. When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Then Jesse told his son Abinadab to step forward and walk in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “This is not the one the Lord has chosen.” Next Jesse summoned Shimea, but Samuel said, “Neither is this the one the Lord has chosen.” In the same way all seven of Jesse’s sons were presented to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lordhas not chosen any of these.” Then Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.” “Send for him at once,” Samuel said. “We will not sit down to eat until he arrives.” So Jesse sent for him. He was dark and handsome, with beautiful eyes. And the Lord said, “This is the one; anoint him.” So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah.
Later on, the Lord showed me a vision of himself with my heart on a stand. Like, my heart was on display at a museum and there was a spotlight and everything else was dark… but he was examining my heart and very focused on it. I truly believe he does this with all of us and I know that He sees what we do and why.
Ya, he is intrigued with the condition of our hearts and if they are focused on Him or not. My future is with the Lord and I am so excited to be with him forever :3