Originally published “At the Well – A Titus 2 Ministry,” this four-part series ran in November, 2010.
May this short study bless you as it has me and others. May the glory be ALL God’s. Amen.
A Heart Adorned
Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. 1 Peter 3:3-4 (NASB)
Welcome back to “A Heart Adorned”. In session one, we pondered “Your adornment must not be merely external”. We are called to shine from the inside-out so that the world will see Jesus in us through that which is our outer shell. Today, we are peeking into “the hidden person of the heart”.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) Oh, how we think so much about how others perceive us. We dwell on being accepted, appreciated, or ridiculed, rejected. As God’s daughters, we truly must take this scripture to heart and allow Him, and only Him, to mold us and make us into His image. He is our judge and sees us for the women we are, from our heart. He sees the spiritual beauty that is enveloped by the outer self. He knows the steps we take towards becoming more beautiful each day. The life we live, the speech we utter, the works we do, the care of our body-temple, the reading of His Word, the utterance of prayers to Him, the thoughts we think, our care of our children, respect for our husband, the integrity of our walk and our talk, and so much more makes up this hidden person of the heart.
The heart is not only for loving, but it is where the Holy Spirit dwells. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him. (Romans 8:9) The heart is our soul, the very center of our being. The heart is where we are to live our days, dwelling in the wisdom and love of the Holy Spirit so that we are transparent to the world. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26)
Another beautiful reminder is Psalm 51:6: Behold, You delight in truth in the inward being, and You teach me wisdom in the secret heart. Oh, that we should be steadfastly listening with the ears and seeing with the eyes of our hearts.
When we asked Christ to come into our hearts, we were crucified with Him. Our sins have been hung on that Cross with Him. We have been made new. Everyday is a new day for us. Everyday is the beginning to live anew with our LORD. We do not need to look back with an unforgiving spirit upon ourselves. We do not need to wish we had not done something. We start fresh by asking for forgiveness, by seeking His Ways, by being willing to be yoked with Him, that He would help us carry burdens, guide us in our steps, teach us as we go. I love Luke 24:32: They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?” Should not our hearts be burning, be set on fire as He teaches us from His Word? As He speaks to us on the Way? Oh, that my heart be ablaze! For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3)
There is a lovely song written by Albert W. T. Orsborn (1886-1967). It is called “The Beauty of Jesus”:
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me
All His wonderful passion and purity
Oh, Thou Spirit divine, all my nature refine
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.
When somebody has been so unkind to you.
Some words spoken that pierces you through and through.
Think how he was beguiled, spat upon and reviled.
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me. Amen.
LORD, may You refine me as silver, removing the dross, that I would be made more pure as You want me. Abba, You love me as I am for You created me, yet I have wandered in and out of Your life during mine, and know that is not Your way for me. Please take me as I am and make me wholly Yours. Bring the parts of my heart that are unlike Christ to the surface so that I may be refined and purified. Show me the hidden parts that are You that I may reflect them and glow before others in Your Holy Name. Let Your Beauty be seen in me, LORD Jesus. Amen.
PONDER AND SHARE WITH US AS YOU WILL:
As you thinks about the words to Mr. Orsborn’s song, what is on your heart?
What is hidden in your heart that you reflect to others … positive and negative?
Have you asked the Holy Spirit into your heart? If so, what is He teaching you? Is your heart on fire?
And if the Holy Spirit has not been invited to dwell in you, please feel free to contact me @ BeingWoven@gmail.com — He desires to lives within you, sweet sister.
Photo 1: “Hidden” by Thomas Norsted, Denmark/stock.xchng; http://www.sxc.hu/photo/776852; Standard Restrictions/Creative Commons license; permission granted
Song by Albert W. T. Orsborn: “The Beauty of Jesus”–date of publication—1947
Image 2: “Branch with Hearts” by Renate Kalloch, Germany/stock.xchng; Standard Restrictions/Creative Commons license; http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1254865; notified