What does it mean to be a "woman after God's own heart"?
How can I be a woman after God's own heart?
To answer those questions, we first have to ask ourselves what it means to be a person after God's own heart — male or female. Being a person after God's own heart means that your life is in harmony with God. Your life is in sync with God. What makes Him sad makes you sad! What's important to Him is important to you! When He tells you go to go one way, you trust Him and follow!Ladies — our Father knows that we aren't perfect and we aren't going to always do exactly what He says. But bottom line... a woman (or man) after God's own heart is someone who has given their heart to Him completely.Matthew 6:21 says, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." In this passage, Jesus is warning His disciples to stay away from the love of riches and earthly possessions. So let me ask you this...
What do you treasure?
I have to be honest… lately, I have been treasuring social media a bit too much. I've been putting my worth and storing up treasures in my online presence more than I should. Numerous apps have consumed more time in my days than I'd like to admit. I bought into the lie that somehow, social media is more important than spending time with Jesus. So how do we re-direct our hearts? What does Jesus want from us?
Gals... all Jesus wants is our hearts.
He wants our hearts completely. He wants our lives completely. That means that there are no locked doors or things that are kept secret. A woman after God's own heart is one that cares about the "why" behind her actions. God isn't looking for merely beautiful women who are all flash and no substance. He is looking for a woman who is deeply in love with Him, servant-minded and pure in heart. A woman after God's own heart is a woman who has given her life completely to Him.Today, it's all too easy to be all-consumed with the physical and tangible. It's all too easy to look at a fashion blogger's Instagram and think that we have to look the same. It's all too easy to think that looks, aesthetics and Instagram themes are worth obsessing over.
But is that really worth it?!
1 Samuel 16 talks about the moment that an adolescent boy was anointed king. This adolescent boy was the famous King David. David came from a family of many boys, all of which were stronger, taller and older. He was a little boy who was best friends with sheep!But the Lord said in verse 7, "Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." Maybe you're wondering... "How can I be a woman after God's own heart?" If you want to be a woman after God's own heart...
Just give Him your life. Give Him ALL of it.
Lay down your burdens. Lay down your mistakes, your past, present and future. Lay down your sadness, your fear and your anxiety. Lay down your wants and needs. Lay it all down at the feet of the One who has it all in control. Lay it all down at the feet of the One who is capable of doing immeasurably more in your life. Release the death grip you have on your life — as scary as it may be — and entrust it to the One who created you, the One who knows you, and the One who has your best interests in mind.1 Thessalonians 5:14 says that Jesus is faithful to sanctify you — faithful to mold you into a woman after God's own heart.
Becoming a woman after God's own heart is a process. If you'd like to be a woman after God's own heart, would you join me in declaring this prayer over your life? "Jesus, I love you and I give my heart and my life to you. May I love everything you love. May I obey everything you say. Help me to treasure only You and nothing else. Teach me what it truly is to be a woman after Your heart."