If we would be very honest about the struggles we face today, the sins we wrestle with take root at the level of the heart. Our outward behavior is a reflection of an inward reality. Jesus understood this and said: “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” (Mark 7:20-23, emphasis mine). Therefore, regardless where we are in our faith journey, a sincere, prayerful evaluation that leads to repentant, obedient faith is constantly needed.
This was the focal point of what transpired last February 28 (Saturday) when 156 people gathered at our local church, GCF South Metro. Students, teachers and our very own volunteers converged with a unified purpose of asking God to do a HEART CHECK and do the necessary realignment. We concluded the gathering by challenging everyone to commit to GUARD our hearts, by doing the following:
Go back to your first love. (Rev 2:2-6)
Understand that Scripture is not for mere information, but transformation. (2 Tim 3:16-17)
Authoritative structures and boundaries must be in place. (Rom 13:1; 2 Tim 2:22)
Repent of our sins, and embrace a new way of living. (Psa 51:1-2, 10-12, 16)
Depend on God; ask for His help. (Psa 121)
We were overwhelmed with the fact that students and faculty from the campuses that we have been praying for came and proactively took part in this event. Schools from Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Cavite and our very own GCF South Metro Christian School were well represented. I received a report that some teachers even rented out a vehicle so they could shuttle in their students from their campus to GCF South Metro and vice versa. God also blessed us with a good number of volunteers who served with all their heart. We praise God for He is surely doing great things in our midst, and we need to depend on Him fully as we continue to multiply disciples within our community and beyond!
While I continue to rejoice at the marvelous ministry opportunities that God is opening and orchestrating right in front of us, I also cannot help but grieve over the reality of how twisted our culture has become (and is becoming). The Internet and many schools of thought have already corrupted a large number of us instead of being shaped by the life-transforming truth of Scripture. Many are embracing sin rather than living in the freedom that Christ alone offers.
Since these break the heart of God, what must we do about it? Do these things break our hearts too? What are we doing about these? How can we take part? Where is a good place to start? Before we make a move, this leads us to the next great challenge – we must always begin on our knees, praying.
HEART FOR PRAYER
There are several major lessons that we could never effectively teach in one class, sermon or seminar — one of them is a heart for prayer. While we press on in giving our utmost best so we can reach the lost, everything we do must be immersed and undergirded with prayer. Jesus himself modeled a life of prayer – a life that is aligned to the Kingdom agenda.
Praying is an expression of our desperate need for God and a discipline that needs to be cultivated so we can keep in step with God’s movement in our personal lives and corporately as a local church. With these in mind, I urge all of us to not give up in interceding for one another, for our families, for our churches, the spheres of influence we represent (i.e. school, work place, communities), for our government and even the nations that need to hear and be changed by the transforming work of our Lord Jesus Christ!