A Heart Check



THEME: Jesus knows your heart.

OBJECT: A stethoscope

SCRIPTURE: Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16: 7 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

I am sure that all of you have seen one of these. It is called a stethoscope. Who uses one of these instruments? That's right, a doctor. And what does the doctor do with it? Right again! The doctor listens to what is going on inside of our bodies. We might look very healthy on the outside and yet have something very seriously wrong on the inside.

Every year I go to my doctor for a checkup. He uses the stethoscope to see if my heart beat is strong and steady and also listens for anything that doesn't sound right. An unusual sound may tell the doctor that something is wrong with your heart. One time during one of my checkups, the doctor heard a swishing sound. He ran some more tests and discovered that I have a leaky heart valve. It isn't something that I have to worry about, but it is important to know about it. Sometimes a doctor finds something very seriously wrong and has to operate to repair it, or, in some cases, we may need a new heart.

You know, God is in the business of checking hearts too. The Bible tells us that man looks on outward appearances, but God looks at the heart. We might look great on the outside and everyone might think that everything is okay in our life. But God isn't worried about how we look on the outside, he is concerned with our hearts.

What is he looking for? He is looking for things that might indicate that we have some serious heart problems in our life. He is looking for things like bitterness, hatred, jealousy, selfishness, pride, and greed. When we come to church, everything may look great on the outside, but God may look inside and see that our heart isn't right. When we know that we have heart problems, we need to do what the psalmist David did. He said, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." Do you have some things in your heart that shouldn't be there? I do! Let's ask God to clean it out!

Dear Lord, we know that you can see what is in our heart and we know that there are some things there that shouldn't be there. Create a clean heart, O God. Amen.

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