May 25, 2018
Our values in life and our heart’s intentions play a very important role in the decisions we make every day. Directly or indirectly, it influence the quality of our lives.
1. Whatever the reasons underlying a person’s decision, they all come from the values that have been built up in his life
We can say that the values in our lives give all the reasons for all our decisions, regardless those reasons make sense or not. Meanwhile, our heart’s intentions will set the values that have been built up in our lives. We need the work of the word and the Spirit that can change our heart’s intentions so we can build new values in life (divine values).
For example: Zacchaeus took the profession as a tax collector, even though it was the kind of profession that could make his countrymen hate him. But he never cared about it, because his intention was to become rich and successful in such a short time. That kind of intention can easily create the value that ‘justifies any means to achieve wealth’ in his life and he practiced that in everyday life. As a tax collector, he could easily become rich, though he had to cheat his countrymen; dan it had positioned him in a group of ‘sinners’.
But when he met Jesus, something happened in his life! His heart’s intention changed! The change that happened made him no longer use/practice the value of life he had before. When the crowd protested Jesus’s decision to stay at Zacchaeus’s house, he responded immediately by saying: “God, I will give half of my money to the poor and if I have cheated anyone, I will pay them back four times more.” (Luke 19:8).
The value of life that justifies any means to achieve wealth has been changed in Zacchaeus’s life. He was willing to lose all his money just to ‘have Jesus’.
To have an accurate life and pleasing to God, we have to change the value in our lives. This is the reason why God commands us to meditate on His word day and night and to think the things of the Spirit until we have new values (divine values)(Joshua 1:8, Romans 8:5-6, Ephesians 4:22-24). First of all, we need the work of the word and the Spirit that can change our heart’s intention to rebuild the values in our lives.
2. Changes in the intentions of the heart can happen in two ways: supernaturally and naturally
The supernatural change is a manifestation of God’s sovereignty as the answer to His people’s prayer. No prayer is ‘vain’ before the Lord. God responds and answers every prayer, even though it does not come at the time we expect. But God will always answers to every prayer that raised by faith and hope (Luke 18:1-8).
Never lose hope to pray for those you love, even if your prayers still have no impact or make any changes, keep praying! His sovereignty is real, answering all His people’s prayer and changing the hearts of those who we prayed for.
The natural change can happen when the word of God is delivered over and over again (done as ‘a sprinkling’). Although the seeds often fall into the ‘bad state of the heart’,but when the sower consistently sows the seeds, he always provides the seeds for the people to experience something and have an open heart to receive the seed of the word.
Again, the role of the prayers is important for God’s intervention to control and to create certain events so the person we prayed for, can open their heart to receive the word.
The work of the word and the Spirit in a person’s life will make them experience changes in the intention of their hearts. It also will make the process of meditating the word or thinking of the things in the Spirit will become effective in their lives.
Ps. Steven Agustinus