God has a heart for His kingdom here on earth. We are a part of His kingdom, and God has a desire to connect His heart with ours. As Christians, it’s our job to respond to His heart. The only way we can do this is through an intimate and personal relationship with our Father through Jesus His Son. Attending church, doing good things, and even being baptized aren’t the way our lives reflect His heart. We have to dig deep into ourselves, from our own hearts and invite Jesus to come in and reside there. In Romans 10:9-10 it says, “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

It’s from our hearts that we make lasting decisions, but without Jesus residing there to influence our choices, we can find ourselves connecting our heart’s desire to the world. The heart left to its own can become a hit or miss relationship with God, but when we take that step and give our lives to Christ, we are then ready to connect our hearts to the Fathers forever. Here’s where it gets pretty amazing, our lives then begin to reflect God’s heart. It seems simple enough, but it is so easy to get wrong. We tend to ask ourselves what we should do when it comes to our lives. There are the “To Do” lists, budgets, bucket lists, schedules, planning, you name it. We’re trying to figure out how our lives should be going. Now there is nothing wrong with planning, in fact, we serve a God of order, but without it cycling through the Father first, we are left to our own discernment. Usually the time we consider God’s heart is when we are in need or we see something that breaks our hearts. We can even find ourselves questioning “why” God allowed this heartbreaking situation to occur. If our lives aren’t being lived out in line with His heart, we get caught up in the chaos and loose sight of how deep God’s love is for us, even in tragic situations. Living our lives out of beat with our Father’s heart leaves us to make our own decisions. The Word is clear about how our hearts can lead us astray. Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it?”

God understands. It’s why He wants us to give our hearts over to Jesus. That’s when we get in sync with God’s heartbeat for us and for humanity. With His heart as the focus of our lives, we aren’t tripped up by self-serving thoughts because we’re filtering our needs through His desire for us. We know He wants us to live a life filled with His love. Then we can make our “To Do” lists and feel convicted that what’s on the list will get done because of the Jesus within us.

God wants us to worship Him. He wants our focus to be eyes on Him to save us from the sin that vies for our attention. When we are a part of His heartbeat, worship to Him is second nature. There is no way we would ever skip a beat and miss out on moments to be in His presence giving Him glory. We are in that personal place, with Jesus as our epicenter, connecting our heart to His. Now we see giving of ourselves as an act of worship. There is no second-guessing when we are in line with the heartbeat of God. We are ready for sacrificial living because the Christ within us has prepared us.

In this season of giving. let’s get in sync with Him. When it comes to worship, sync up with Jesus! Listen to the song that God has written on each of our hearts to get into the right beat with Him. It’s too easy to flatline and become numb to the world around us. If we stay connected, with Jesus leading us in every area of life, our lives will reflect God’s heart, and we will be a part of bringing His kingdom here. Let’s all check our pulse to make sure we’re in line with God the Father, there is much work to be done.

Kristin Tucker
Director of Worship Arts