God Wants Your Heart & GraceFull Tuesday Link-Up

God wants your heart

Oswald Chambers wrote, “It is the work that God does through us that counts, not what we do for Him.”

These words are such that I am reminding myself of a lot these days. You see, I start measuring success so easily. I set up standards and then feel like a failure so often. With my limited vision, I feel like I am of no use to God. I forget that God isn’t expecting miracles of me. That He isn’t expecting a performance from me.

You see, I do all that. I expect to be able to do more, to be better. I expect myself to be something completely different. And maybe you do this at times, too?

But here’s the thing. Grace sets us all standing on the same line. Not one of us is better or worse than the other. No matter where we have been or even where we are right now. We are all equal in the eyes of God — and that means we can all be equally used by God. Therefore it isn’t our best performance that God wants. Rather, God wants your heart. And my heart. Just as they are. With all our flaws and shortcomings. But also our skills and talents and the beauty within us.

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Philippians‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

So today, friend? Remind yourself that God wants your heart. See the ways that He is pursuing your heart, all day today. In those sweet moments and the bittersweet ones. God wants your heart — because He wants you.

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16 Comments

  1. Man, can I relate to this! I most certainly try to do more and more, trying to prove myself. Thank you for this reminder of grace! And it’s like God is trying to tell me something here, because I published an article about showing grace to others today. 🙂

  2. We can all get so works oriented, can’t we! In our pride and self-sufficiency we think we can and should do things for Him when, as you said so well, he wants our hearts and our dependence on Him.

    1. Yes, Donna! It’s so easy to fall into thinking we can do things for Him — and, often, in our own power. I’m so thankful God is so gracious to us and keeps reminding us of His grace. God bless you, Donna!

  3. Ronja! WOW that Oswald Chambers Quote is a good one! I am sure I have heard it before, but I am thinking I needed to read/hear it more today than ever because it struck me and hit me straight in the heart this morning like an arrow. An arrow that spoke truth and helps me look at the circumstances around me at the moment through different eyes. Eyes that realize, God is doing something in me, and I need to look toward Him and trust Him. Thank you

    1. I so love that quote, Debbie! It’s definitely one that I need to remind myself of often. I’m so glad God is speaking to your heart with all this, Debbie. God bless you!

  4. I appreciate this encouragement, Ronja: “Therefore it isn’t our best performance that God wants. Rather, God wants your heart.” I’m grateful that he treasures my heart the most, not my skills or lack thereof!

  5. Hi Ronja, I think we are all at different places in our walks and some of us are even pressuring ourselves when He isn’t, His peace, John 14:27 has been on my heart. And I know it is what I need in it, especially, when feeling overwhelmed or not good enough.

  6. I often think that we are our own worst critics. Grace is what saves us, not any of our works. thanks for the great reminder!

    1. Oh yes, Laurie. I know I’m my own worst critic most of the time for sure. Thank you for stopping by here once again! God bless you