1 Peter 4:7-11 (MSG) Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and He’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!
I love the fact that we are made in the image of God. (Genesis 1:26). This means that God would have an appearance and aspects similar to a man and woman. No other creation bears His image. I think it is so cool that we look like God and that means we can be His sons and daughters. I also wonder 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? It will be one of the many questions I ask when I see Him someday.
While we don’t know if God has a similar physical heart, we know He does have a heart that loves us dearly. I pray that each of us would have a heart like God’s and understand what His heart beats for. 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. I imagine the heartbeat of God is much more complex than a our own. It is not so important to figure out what God’s resting heartbeat is, but much more important to understand 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 heart, 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 Holy 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.
Today, align your heartbeat with God’s heartbeat by looking 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. Maybe it is praying for someone in need of God’s intervention. Be open to the opportunity the Holy Spirit puts before you. When we seek to align our heart with God’s heart, we will see His children the way He see them. We will have compassion and be able to bring Heaven to earth and show others His heart!