Woosha woosha woosha woosha. Woosha woosha woosha woosha.
It was one of my favorite parts of my monthly doctor’s visit. Even before I felt pregnant, and certainly before I looked it, I’d raise my shirt and expose my non-existent belly so the doctor could listen to my baby’s heartbeat. After a pause, the ultrasound device he used would begin its rhythmic sound projection, and I would smile.
“That’s a good strong heartbeat on that little boy,” my doctor would pronounce. A month later he’d listen again. “That little girl sounds like she’s exercising in there,” he’d say, completely oblivious to the fact that he’d just contradicted his earlier prediction. I realized that while the Doppler device was very helpful to confirm that my baby’s heart was beating, it was almost useless as a gender diagnostic tool.
As I look back on those doctor visits, I think about my own heart. And yours. If someone listened to our hearts, what would he hear?
Would he hear the heartbeat of a person who is sold out to Jesus? Paul had one. He often referred to his love for God, whom he served with his whole heart (Romans. 1:9).
Would he hear a heart that is sensitive to God’s conviction of sin? The Jews at Pentecost had one. When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37)
Would he hear a heart that is pure? Jesus said the pure of heart would see God (Matthew 5:8).
Would he hear a heart that deeply pondered the things of God? Mary had one. She treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart (Luke 2:19).
Would he hear a heart willing to invest some of this world’s resources to gather eternal ones? Jesus observed that where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21).
Would he hear a heart committed to peacemaking and unity? The believers of the early church were one in heart and mind (Acts 4:32).
Would he hear a heart that speaks with gentleness, kindness, goodness, and self-control? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34, NKJV).
Would he hear a good and noble heart, eager to learn God’s word, apply it, and let it work its way out through our lives? But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop (Luke 8:15).
Would he hear a heart that doesn’t despair when difficulties come, but rests in whom it has believed? Those suffering for the gospel’s sake had hearts like this. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16).
And finally, would he hear a heart so full of God’s love that it bubbles out for all to hear? Paul encouraged the Ephesians to have this kind of heart, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19).
Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water (Hebrews 10:22).
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it (Proverbs 4:23).
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by Lori Hatcher
Lori is an author, blogger, and women’s ministry speaker. She shares an empty nest in Columbia, South Carolina, with her ministry and marriage partner, David, and best dog ever, Winston. She’s the editor of Reach Out, Columbia magazine, and has authored two devotional books. You’ll find her pondering the marvelous and the mundane on her blog, Hungry for God. . . Starving for Time . Connect with her on Facebook (Hungry for God), Twitter (@lorihatcher2) or by email (LoriAHatcher@gmail.com).