2 Corinthians 1:12: “For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.”
A sincere heart is a heart that has no ulterior motives for self-needs. It is also one that does not hold any bad motives. Someone who has this kind of heart sincerely does everything for the needs of the Lord and others.
The Word of God says that the Lord looks at the heart, not the outer appearance. This shows that our hearts are what the Lord accounts for. Therefore, the strengths of a believer is not determined by how great their anointing might be; it is not measured by how fluent they talk or preach; it is not determined by how great their Biblical knowledge might be or by how many spiritual gifts they have. Instead, it is about their heart.
When Prophet Samuel was looking for Saul’s replacement, the Lord told Samuel not to hurry because He wanted someone who was after His own heart. David was the one. We can see from the conflict that happened between David and Saul’s family, David experienced victory after victory because he guarded his heart to stay righteous and courageous. And as for Saul, he was dependent on the power of his position. David’s sincere heart is also revealed through his action as he built the tabernacle of David. He knew it was important to place God in his life and the people’s.
To have a sincere heart, we must be diligent in examining our motives in doing all things. This includes helping others and serving the church. If we are discouraged because we did not get anything in return after helping someone or doing good, or our ministry is being criticized, or we don’t feel appreciated for what we do, then it might be because we still don’t have a sincere heart.
Let us grow to have a sincere heart in 2016 so that we can be a blessing for many people; and whatever we do, let us do it for a good purpose and for the glory of God. God bless.
Publishing Team, IBC Church