I have a hidden problem, a condition which, if revealed, would amaze and terrorize everyone in sight. I am talking about my feet. While the rest of my body is in a reasonably good shape (for my age), my feet are ugly, cold and wide. Most people can buy any shoe they want or can afford. Not me. While everyone else wears the latest Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Vans and Converse, I must traverse this earth in my old pair of New Balance shoes.
In the spiritual realm the same story is repeated. The people of this world walk on a broad way with narrow feet, but the Christians walk in a narrow way with wide feet. “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, …strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13,14)
The unbelievers have fashionable feet and wide roads (or fast lanes) in which to walk, but they are always stumbling and falling, because their feet, minds and hearts are so narrow. Behind every beautiful woman walking in high heels, there is a world of pain, discomfort and inefficiency. High heels are pretty, but useless for running the Christian race.
Psalm 18: 36 reads, “You enlarged my path under me, So my feet did not slip.” This same idea is repeated in Psalm 31:8. David said, “You have set my feet in a wide place.” As I read these verses, an idea flies into my mind: Christians walk and run on a very narrow and difficult road, but God enlarges or widens our feet so to speak, in order that we might not stumble and fall. How does God do that?
In 1 Peter 2:21, we are commanded to follow Christ’s “steps.” Even though the context refers to suffering, we must follow Him in every respect as He walks ahead of us. His steps or footprints are clearly marked for us to follow, but how can our tiny and feeble feet ever fill those enormous prints on the road?
The answer is found in Ephesians 6:15. “…and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.” God has provided all Christians with special shoes for us to grow “to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13). These “Gospel Shoes” allow us to walk comfortably and steadily on the narrow way, and the most amazing feat (pun intended) is that our feet are now so enlarged or wide, that we can actually walk in the steps of our Saviour.
In this regard, then, having wide feet is not a reproach. In fact, my spiritual wide feet in Christ are really a priceless work of art. “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15). --Alex Gonzalez
Biblically, the human heart is the place of the emotions, the intellect, and the will. It is the place where we think, feel, and make decisions. It is the most inner part of our being.
When we say that God desires service that flows from the heart, we mean that God wants more from us that just outward conformity to a set of rules, a schedule, or a task list. It means that we serve with with desire that flows from the inner most part of our being.
There are many passages that bear this out. When Moses was taking an offering for the construction of the Tabernacle, God gave him these instructions, "The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for me a contribution. From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for me." (Ex 25:1–2 ESV) In the New Testament, Paul wrote, "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men," (Col 3:23 ESV)
The Lord Jesus Christ made this indictment of the religious crowd of His day, "‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;'" (Matt 15:8 ESV) They went through all of their rituals. They knew the right words to day. But their hearts weren't in it.
It is very easy to fall into outward conformity to spiritual activities, and yet be far from God in our hearts. We can go through the motions of reading our Bibles, praying, attending church, and even serving in some ministry, and yet have little affection and passion in our hearts for what we are doing, and for the God for Whom we are doing it. This can only be a temporary condition, because as human beings we will not do for long that which brings us little or no joy.
Some have concluded the answer is just to stop the spiritual activities until their heart changes. The problem with that reasoning is that the very activities that have become perfunctory, are often the means of grace that God uses to change the heart.
The psalmist shows us that crying out to God to change our heart is what is needed. He prayed things like: "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." (Psa 19:14 ESV) and "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." (Psa 51:10 ESV) "Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name." (Psa 86:11 ESV) "Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!" (Psa 119:36 ESV). The psalmist prayed for the condition of his own heart!
We too need the gracious intervention of our God, to change the condition of our own hearts from time to time. If you find that your heart has become cold, and you are lacking the passion and the joy that you once had, cry out to your Father, confess and ask Him to help you! He is gracious, kind, and He will!