Are we changed from the inside out?
In the book of 1 Samuel, there’s the story of a guy named Saul that became the first man to be elected as the king of Israel. God has chosen Saul specifically to be their king; it wasn’t by chance or by the power of men.
When Saul left from being anointed as king, 1 Samuel 10:9-13 says,
“When he turned his back to leave from Samuel [the priest that had anointed him] God gave him a new heart…and the Spirit of God rushed upon him, and he prophesied among them. And when all who knew him previously saw how he prophesied with the prophets, the people said to one another, “What has come over him? Is Saul also among the prophets?” When he had finished prophesying, he came to the high place.”
I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be given a new heart. While there are many different ways that you can reference the heart–the organ that pumps blood, the warehouse of emotions, etc.–the heart especially seems to us to be the place where God’s Spirit dwells within us.
God has plans for each and every one of us, and He has equipped us with the skills, gifts, talents, loves, and even a special heart in order to fulfill every part of His plan for us with His help.
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
God knows us better than we know ourselves, but it’s time that we get to know ourselves a little bit better. It’s time that we get to know ourselves not by our intentions but by our actions.
Does our outward appearance reflect the inward change that occured when the Holy Spirit filled us and were given a new heart?