May 15

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

You were bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:20

Do people know I’m a Christian? When I meet someone new, can they tell I believe in Jesus? Am I a good Christian?  Is my heart clean? Nope…….my heart is not clean. In fact, even though I very much want to do the right thing, when it comes right down to it, I sometimes don’t. I don’t always love my neighbor, and then I want his new car. I cut someone off in traffic,  and then yell at someone who does it to me. I loose my temper quickly while waiting in line at Target, well, you get the picture. And even though I’m not out robbing grandmothers and creating mayhem, I’m not necessarily doing good deeds. 
I can do better. I have to remember that my Christian life is not a momentary collusion with God, but a continuing communion, not a single hit-and-run convertion, but a life long walk with the Lord. Not just “Create in me a clean heart,” but also “renew a right spirit” day by day by day.

Father, inside myself I may know that you are Lord, but can anyone see that faith as I walk through life? When I hear your Word and take and eat your Supper, give me a new heart, pumping your love into my veins so that I can move past my fears and regrets. Help me to glorify your body with mine today. Amen.
 
Susan Hanson