Week One – Day 4

Spiritual-Growth

SERVICE DAY - Take some time today to serve a neighbor in your community through an act of kindness.

Devotional:

Read Psalm 51:1-17

What is a pure heart and how do I obtain one?  A pure heart is seen in a life that is completely undivided and morally perfect.  It is seen in the individual whose thoughts, understanding, intellect, affection, desires, and emotions are not contaminated or polluted before God in any way.  These “pure-in-hearters” will indeed see God.  The problem is that few—if any—are pure according to this description.  We are not morally perfect.  Our hearts are “deceitful above all things and beyond cure” according to the prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 17:9). So we have a serious heart problem that excludes us from any rights to heaven.
Purity is required to see God, and obtaining it through our own efforts or abilities is impossible.  Yet many still try.  They pursue purity through charity, church attendance, or other religious activities.  Others choose to masquerade purity by creating facades of spirituality or maturity.  Neither endeavor changes our standing with God. When Jesus talks about a pure heart He is speaking of someone who is cleansed.  Our polluted lives must run through the filter of His forgiveness and grace.  How does this happen?  By trusting in Jesus’ death which paid for our sin.  What can wash away our sin?  Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Service Suggestions:

  • Do some yard work for an elderly neighbor
  • Bake something sweet for your neighbors
  • Invite a neighbor to lunch
  • Make a homemade gift
  • Volunteer to watch a neighbor’s children for a couple of hours
  • Bring a neighbor flowers
  • Send a card of appreciation
  • Share your favorite book or movie with a neighbor
  • Give a small gift or toy to your neighbor’s children

Prayer Focus:

Pray today that God will anoint you in serving someone else.  Ask Him to lead you in what to do and who to do it for.  Pray that God would receive all the credit for your act of kindness today.

Key Scripture:

“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”
Psalm 51:7 NIV

 

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