Stewarding the Heart

At church on Sunday, I noticed in the bulletin a new class being offered called, Stewarding the Heart.  That very morning during my devotional time with the Keeper of my Heart, He had been speaking about that very thing, reminding me of the importance of joining Him in His work of stewarding my heart. 

A steward is a person who watches over the affairs of something that belongs to another. When we were born-again, we made the choice to give our lives, which included our hearts to the Lord.  We chose to willingly surrender all, and because we did, we now could actually liken ourselves to being stewards over our affairs.

As stewards, first and foremost, we are called to love the Lord with all our hearts, minds, souls and strength; and with everything within us. I believe stewarding begins and must be built on that foundation. Doing so will create a grid for us to accurately perceive truth, thoughts, direction and affections, which ultimately will lead us to choices and actions producing the fruit of stewardship; glory to God.

Because the Word reminds us that our hearts are deceitful above all things, our prayerful, daily relationship and  intimate conversations with Holy Spirit will be an important key to good stewardship. Asking Him daily as Psalms 139:23-24 instructs, Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting, then listening with honesty and openness to what He says, is a great place to begin.

He will be faithful to show us those things that He longs to deliver us from, as well as those areas we need to choose to be delivered of.  His truthful witness will sometimes gently beckon and woo us to make the changes, and other times convict us by speaking so directly to our spirits we become completely undone.   But without taking the time to perceive what’s is on the inside truly motivating us, stewardship will become just a futile attempt of deception.

In the days ahead I am going to continue to discuss some aspects of this all important area in our spiritual growth.  Won’t you choose to join me in stewarding your life and heart to His leading and directing?  I know you won’t be disappointed.

-The Quilted Poetess

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