Deceitful Above All
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9
There are circumstances in this short life we have on earth that have an effect on the inner most being that we could have never expected. We may be able to prepare for it, see it coming a mile down the road, or even know it’s in God’s perfect will to come to fruition. Yet, if I am only looking out for what would benefit me the greatest, it’s nearly impossible for me to share in the joy I should rightfully share in the fruit of the work the Lord is doing.
This grieves the Lord. “If one member suffers, all the members suffer with it, or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.” Paul is telling the Corinthians (chapter 12 verse 26) how to be a church. How to be a healthy people. We can’t be a healthy people if each individual is consumed with self. If my eyes are looking inward, how can I serve those that I can’t even see? “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” Matt. 6:24. The eyes are directed at their master. I can by no means serve others and see divine opportunities the Lord has put in my path if I am fixed upon myself. Whatever it is I fix my eyes on will become my master. Because God is gracious and merciful, He gives us the opportunity to repent of our wicked heart and turn our eyes to Him and His glory. If I can rid myself of all the distractions of this life and focus not on my will, but His for me, I will have no animosity for the success of others, or bitterness toward past hurts, but compassion on he who must endure such trials. Jeremiah rightly says my heart is deceitful and wicked, so may I have the mind of Christ to look to Him in the moment of impact, so the reaction is not mine, but the Lord’s. That He may burn away any selfish ambitions and build up the character of a man who has eyes only for the things that Jesus would gaze upon.