A Clean Heart

Later I went to visit Shemaiah son of Delaiah and grandson of Mehetabel, who was confined to his home. He said, “Let us meet together inside the Temple of God and bolt the doors shut. Your enemies are coming to kill you tonight.”

 But I replied, “Should someone in my position run from danger? Should someone in my position enter the Temple to save his life? No, I won’t do it!”

 I realized that God had not spoken to him, but that he had uttered this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. They were hoping to intimidate me and make me sin. Then they would be able to accuse and discredit me.                                                           Nehemiah 6:10-13 NLT

What does it take to make a good leader?  A clean heart.  What are we talking about? We are talking about having the core of your life wholly given over to God. He is the only source of cleanness. If there is any taint of me there, me that needs to be seen, me that needs to be successful, me that needs to be prominent, me that needs to protect myself, my heart is not clean. But if it is wholly his, then it is clean, and people can trust me. Then I can act for their good, and not mine. Then I can act decisively, not worrying about appearances.

If you can say, seasoned, and salted, and grounded in prayer, “As best I know, this is what I’m called to do, and I’ll do it, and do it with gladness, and then I’ll leave the results to God,” that’s a good place to be able to live. But you can’t do it if your heart is divided.  Does that mean the person with a clean heart will never fail? Of course not, we’re human. But failure won’t destroy us. We won’t be consumed by it because our heart is clean.

We live with a lot of gray areas in our lives today and we may need to spend time on our faces before God saying, “What is the moral right in this situation?” But there are many other times when the matter is perfectly clear and the only issue is, “Am I going to stand up for what is right?” When we surrender our lives to God, it simplifies life tremendously, because our decisions and our actions are already determined.

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