I have always found it interesting that we are made in the image of God. (Genesis 1:26). This means that God would have similar appearance as man or woman. But I have also wondered if it means He has internal organs like we do. Does God have lungs, a liver, a stomach? Does He have a heart like ours? We know David was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), however is our heart fashioned after God’s heart?
We know the normal resting heart rate for an average person at an average age is between 60 and 100 beats per minute. In contrast, the humming bird hearts can beat as fast as 1,260 beats per minute. The heartbeat of God is more complex than a physical beating. It gets to what He is passionate about. If we align our heartbeat with His, then we will start to see and feel the world differently. In Luke 19:10, Jesus gives us a picture of what gets His heart beating. He said, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” His greatest desire is to see every one of His children to know Him and have a relationship with Him. When we allow our heart to beat like Jesus’s, then we find the courage to do the things He would do.
Noelle and her family made a family budget at Christmas to make sure they did not overspend. After they had completed their purchases for the season, they realized they still had some money left over. Instead of absorbing it back into their overall budget, they felt led to give it away. So they split it up between the family members asked their children to pray about where God wanted this money to go. They wanted this offering to be Holy Spirit led and given away when they saw an opportunity to give it to a stranger. One day, Noelle and her ten-year-old were at a fast food restaurant. Her daughter saw a man sitting in a corner and wondered what he was doing. He was disheveled and was most likely homeless. When they approached the man, Noelle noticed he was making lemonade out of the free water, lemon packets and sugar. Her daughter felt the stirring of the Spirit and told her mom she wanted to give her designated money to this man. The gesture moved the man to tears as he felt the love of Jesus and in that moment Noelle’s daughter was perfectly aligned with the heartbeat of God.
Action for the day
Today, align your heartbeat with God’s and look for an opportunity to give someone hope. Maybe it is helping someone who is homeless. Maybe it is paying for someone’s meal or coffee. Maybe it is giving an extra tip to a waiter or waitress and let them know God sees them. Maybe it is helping a mother of a crying baby at the store. Be open to the opportunity the Holy Spirit puts before you.
Prayer for the day
Father, thank you that you did not leave us with a heart of stone, but you gave us a heart of flesh that can beat with the same rhythm as Jesus. Show me today who your heart is beating for and reveal what I can do to be aligned with Your heartbeat. Let me be a person after Your own heart, just like David. Open up the door of opportunity so I can step through and share your love with a hurting world. It is in Your name Jesus, the name above all names that I pray this. Amen.