“Give me your heart, my son, and let your eyes delight in my ways.” —Proverbs 23:26
Once God has your heart, he is able to guide and direct you in every area of your life.
There are many examples in the Bible of God working through individuals who had surrendered their hearts to him.
David had a heart that was after God, and God used him in a mighty way. Zaccheaus had a burning desire to see Jesus, and he responded immediately when Jesus called him. Caleb showed faith in the power of God in the face of what looked like insurmountable odds. He followed God wholeheartedly and, unlike most of the others who died in the wilderness because of their disobedience, was allowed to enter the Promised Land.
Samuel listened to and obeyed the Lord and as a result was used by God as a prophet and judge to the people of Israel. When God approached Gideon, who was the least in his father’s household, God recognized a heart that would respond and be obedient to him. Daniel’s heart was so committed to God that God felt free to reveal secrets to him.
Each one of these individuals had a heart that was fully devoted to God, and all of these people are role models for us today.
Their significance in the Bible narrative begins with their relationship with God. Likewise, our significance begins with our relationship with God.
When God has your heart, he has everything that relates to you and your life. All of our giving springs out of the genuine relationship that we have with our heavenly Father. As we develop and deepen that relationship, God will work in us and through us.
“After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.’” —Acts 13:22
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’” —Mark 12:30