You have probably heard the story about the little girl who went to the pediatrician’s office for a check-up. As the doctor looked into her ears with an otoscope, he asked, “Do you think I’ll find Big Bird in here?” The little girl stayed silent.
Next, the doctor took a tongue depressor and looked down her throat. He asked, “Do you think I’ll find the Cookie Monster down there?” Again, the little girl didn’t utter a word.
Then the doctor put a stethoscope to her chest. As he listened to her heart beat, he asked, “Do you think I’ll hear Barney in here?”
“Oh, no!” the little girl replied. “Jesus is in my heart. Barney’s on my underwear.”
Whether it be your underwear or your heart, God knows all about it. The Bible tells us that man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. And He knows for sure whether Jesus does indeed abide in your heart of hearts, just as He knows what color your undies are–or whose picture is printed on them! He knows.
The question is, do you know where you stand with the Lord? Are you certain that He lives inside your heart? If so, how does His presence in your life make a difference in the way you live? Can others see that difference? I hope they can.
Perhaps it may be a good time for you to get a check-up from your heart doctor this week. They don’t call Him the Great Physician for nothing! He can change your life, heal your hurt, meet your needs, and fulfill your deepest desires. And the best thing is, He already knows what’s inside you…and He loves you anyway!
This Sunday, I hope you’ll join us at Shelby Crossings as we examine our spiritual health, according to God’s standards. I look forward to seeing you there.
A personal note: Thanks to each of you for your prayers, your words of comfort and consolation, and your acts of kindness to my family this week after the loss of my mother. We are so very grateful to each of you for your love for us, and so blessed to be a part of the Shelby Crossings family.]]>