Did you know that God is looking all over the earth for a certain kind of person with a certain disposition? 2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “The eyes of the Lord run to and for throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect (dedicated) toward Him.” What does God see when He looks in your heart? The Word of God teaches that God wants His people to have a heart that is emptied of self and sin and willing to do His will (see Psalm 34:18 and Psalm 51:17). If you want to be used of God to bring Him glory and to make the name of Jesus known in your sphere of influence then read God’s instruction: “To this man will I look, even to him that is poor (humble) and of a contrite spirit and trembles at My Word.”
It seems clear that God wants Christians to be “broken.” What does it mean to be broken or have a broken heart or broken spirit? It means that when God speaks to me through His Word, the Bible, I respond with humility (I agree with God) and obedience (I do what God says). When the Holy Spirit convicts you and tells you something about your life through a sermon, friend, a book, etc., you act on it. This is a lifetime process, not a one time act! It is God’s sanctifying work in us to make us more like Jesus (Romans 8:29). How many of us can say the Lord’s prayer and quote (Matthew 6:10), “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven?” Yet we often do not really mean it or live it out because we are too intent on building our own kingdom and doing our will, our way. The reason many Christians are not experiencing victory over sin and joy in serving the Lord is because there is not a broken and contrite heart that wants God’s will more than anything else.
Do you want a closer walk with the Lord, a greater testimony for Him, a renewed interest in the Bible and joy in church, prayer, fellowship? You can start today by coming to God in prayer and asking Him to Help you put away all pretense and be honest before Him. Tell God that you agree with Him that you are selfish and more interested in comforts, security, possessions and fun than having the Holy Spirit control you. Ask God to give you a desire to be holy more than a desire to be happy. Confess that you have gone through the motions of Christianity but have not really had a broken, humble, grateful, surrendered heart.
How will you know if you have a broken heart? First, you will want to obey God as He reveals His will to you through His Word. When the Holy Spirit shows you something He wants you to change like attitudes, relationships, use of time, activities, etc., you submit to His will. Your attitude is like that of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane when H said, :
“Not My will but Thy will be done.” (Matthew 26:39). Second, you will stop blaming others for your problems. When things go wrong and there is pain, adversity, disappointment, letdowns, you will not blame your spouse, your children, your Pastor, your boss, etc. You will trust in God’s ordering of your life as He deems best and have a thankful heart that He knows what’s best for you (Psalm 119:67, 71, 75).
Also, a broken heart is a heart that acknowledges it’s unworthiness. You will see yourself as the chief of sinners and not worthy of God’s love. Having a broken heart is not an emotion; it’s a choice! It’s a lifestyle. It is saying to God, “I set aside all my rights, privileges, desires and ambitions and put your rights and desires first.” Every Christian should have this attitude; it is being like Jesus (Philippians 2:5-8).
What does God see when He looks in your heart? May God raise up His people to surrender all to Him for His glory. Can you say with the Psalmist and mean it : “Show me Thy ways, O Lord; teach me Thy paths..? (Psalm 25:4,5).