The Heart of the Matter
Christ-likeness is about looking past the exteriors of men and discerning what the big, emotional icebergs are in people’s lives. When the Master went into action, He dug down. For instance, the woman at the well. He skipped the peripheral and went to the heart of the matter. Was she thirsty? She was thirsty for intimacy with the God who sees all. The rich young ruler, how long did it take Jesus to get to the money issue? The Pharisees, He said, “You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.” Martha opened her home to Jesus but the heart of the matter was she placed her value on being a workaholic.
In the litany of the iceberg moments of Jesus with people, these examples are just a fraction. He did this all the time. Jesus was simply not interest in the show, the presentation, or justified or unjustified surface emotions of people. He had no taste for the symptoms; He went after the root. His mission was to enter and redeem hearts, and to respond to disguises, diversions, or denial. His modus operandi worked off of what He knew about people, that we are all icebergs with deeper spiritual dramas unfolding below the waterline.
Guess what? God’s men are no different from any other man. The only difference is, we have been redeemed. We, in that one instant that we surrendered and asked Jesus to come in the door of our heart, became God’s child, God’s man. We, just like every man on earth, are the same; we all are like icebergs, 10 percent visible, ninety percent hidden. We, as God’s men, are aware that our Father who loves us is always interested if we have him at the heart of the matter.
Thank you Father, for making me more aware of my own and others’ ninety percent hidden.