“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” – Proverbs 4:23
As I walked our dogs earlier this week, I noticed the leaves on the trees beside our house were beginning to change. The outer leaves of the tree weren’t changing but the leaves next to the trunk were beginning to turn red as fall draws nearer. As I thought about the changing of the leaves on this tree, I was reminded of a biblical truth that still holds true for us.
Change happens from the inside out. As we allow God to change our hearts through the Spirit, it becomes apparent in our actions, words, and attitudes. As our hearts are grasped and changed by His love, we become more loving towards our family, friends, and co-workers, and even can become more loving to those with whom we disagree and with whom we may be in conflict. As His mercy and compassion for us gives us hope, our mercy and compassion to those in need will give them hope in a world that often seems hopeless.
Spiritual change happens from the inside out. People may fake spiritual growth and act like a disciple of Christ but it’s merely acting and posturing. Eventually, the act will wear thin, and their true heart will be revealed. Discipleship cannot be faked in the long-term. In order to live like Christ, love like Christ and impact our world like Christ, our hearts must be turned toward Him. Transformation has to occur in the inside if it’s going to be sustained on the outside.
The writer of Proverbs reveals a great truth to us. Our hearts determine the course of our lives. If we allow God to change our hearts for His purposes, our lives will be blessed, and we will fulfill the purpose He has for our lives. (Check out our “Younique” class on Wednesday nights.) If we don’t give Him access, our lives will be lived missing His purpose for our lives and we won’t bring Him the glory He deserves through our lives. We will never live our “best lives” until we give our hearts to God and allow Him to change us from the inside out.
How’s your heart? What is God doing within it? Are you allowing Him to transform you so you can fulfill the purpose for which you were created? Are you living an “inside out” life?
Like the leaves change revealing their beauty, God desires to change you to reveal your true beauty. Allow Him to do His work in your life and your beauty will shine from the inside out.