Last Tuesday my husband Mark received a phone call from our landlord that he was back in town for good and wanted to come over on Friday and conduct an inspection of our house. I was more than happy to have him come over and take a look around. The week before I had thoroughly cleaned the house since I had all of this energy and a fresh perspective after two weeks out of town on vacation. But when we set the date for Friday, I had a renewed sense of determination and vigor to do some serious deep cleaning–the kind that everyone prefers to avoid until company comes over. I scrubbed in all of the nooks and crannies, removed and re-arranged things like never before, and swept and vacuumed in some areas that had been neglected over summer. I made sure the house looked spotless, and even the yard was clipped and edged to the best of my ability. When our landlord came on Friday, I was ready for his visit. How about you? Would you be ready for Jesus, the owner of your heart, to do a thorough inspection inside?
On the outside, we can make our hearts look pretty good to the people around us. We might be able to fool them, but we cannot fool God. God can see right through us in a way that no one else can. The Bible says the following in 1 Samuel 16:7: “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.'” David was the least likely of all of his brothers to be anointed as king. He was not as tall, handsome, old or well groomed as his brothers. By man’s standards, he was just a young, average boy tending sheep. Not the material kings are made of. In God’s eyes, however, he was humble, meek and had a pure and righteous heart that was wholly devoted to serving and glorifying the Lord.
If God looked at your heart right now, what would He see? Would He find parts of it that aren’t been properly supplied by the Word of God? Would there be parts of it clogged with the filth of this world? Would He find dark secrets you’ve tried desperately to keep hidden that are collecting and building up plaque? Would there be pain and hardness from a huge mass of unforgiveness, bitterness, anger and resentment? I assure you that no one has a perfect heart. We are an imperfect people being perfected into God’s image day by day. He gives us heart transplants when we become Christians, and the Holy Spirit becomes the landlord of our hearts. Slowly but surely He will strip away our fleshly and vile human nature and replace it with all that is pure, undefiled and righteous. This process is lifelong, and sometimes it is dreadfully painful and even agonizing to experience. But the Lord knows what is best for each one of us, and He knows the best times to make those changes in our hearts.
Have you asked God to search your heart and test your ways? Has He examined your thought life? Perhaps today is the day you ask Him on your knees to come in with all His glory and radiance and shed some light on those dark corners and hidden closets. Imagine how hideous they will look fully illuminated and out in plain sight! You might even be surprised to see what has been in there for so long. These dark places are offensive to Him, and He would like nothing more then to help you purge your heart of them. May He reveal them to you in His time and teach you how to walk in His ways and let the things of old go once and for good. Let the cleaning commence, and let Him lead you into the way everlasting!