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LOOKS AT THE HEART
Years ago Billye Brim was asked to preach at a Church-a-thon. A church building was for sale and the Church-a-thon was held to raise the necessary funds for a particular congregation to buy the building.
Due to circumstances one of the speakers was unable to attend the meeting and on very short notice Billye was asked to preach a second message.
Since the meetings were held to raise funds she decided to preach on a verse from Exodus 36. In this chapter Moses instructed the Israelites to stop contributing to the work of the tabernacle as they had more than enough to finish the work.
Billye was taught to never take a verse out of context, so she read the chapters before and after the verse she wanted to preach on.
As she read she noticed something.
Verse upon verse had one thing in common - it spoke about the hearts of those who gave the offerings.
"Tell the Israelites to bring Me an offering. You are to receive the offering for Me from each man whose heart prompts him to give" (Exodus 25:2).
"Take from among you a contribution to the LORD; whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as the LORD'S contribution... Everyone whose heart stirred him and everyone whose spirit moved him came and brought the LORD'S contribution for the work of the tent of meeting and for all its service and for the holy garments. Then all whose hearts moved them, both men and women, came and brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and bracelets, all articles of gold; so did every man who presented an offering of gold to the LORD... All the women whose heart stirred with a skill spun the goats' hair... The Israelites, all the men and women, whose heart moved them to bring material for all the work which the LORD had commanded through Moses to be done, brought a freewill offering to the LORD" (Exodus 35:5;21-22;26;29).
Still thinking about what she had been reading Billye went to sleep and had a dream.
She saw herself preaching the following day, however she didn't use the verse she intended to use, but used a verse from 1 Samuel 16, where Samuel went to anoint a new king for Israel.
In this chapter Jesse had all his sons walk by Samuel. When Samuel saw the first one he thought, "Surely the LORD'S anointed is before Him." But the Lord said, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
In her dream Billye also used 2 Chronicles 16:9: "For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His."
The next day Billye preached the sermon exactly as the Lord gave it to her in her dream. She realised the Lord wanted the people who gave towards the funds to buy the church to do so with a willing heart.
You see, the Lord always looks at our heart.
He wants us to have a willing heart when we give or when we do something for someone.
He wants us to have a heart that is right towards Him.
He is continually watching for those whose hearts are turned toward Him, who have faith in Him.
What is the condition of your heart?