If you are full of hate, jealosy and pride, then a completely new heart
must be your aim.
A tub full of dry bones (Collect and dry bones from those chops and ribs
Dead Men's Bones:
How much time do you spend dressing up and checking out how good you look?
But, God knows the heart of each of us and is not deceived by our
outward appearance. That was the trouble with the teachers of the
law and the Pharisees in Jesus' day. In Matthew 23:27-28, Jesus
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!
like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside
but on the
inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean.
In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous
but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.
I have this tub of dry bones (Show the tub and hand around some of the
). This is what Jesus was talking about in the above verses.
He knew that the Pharisees and teachers of the law pretended to be
holy and paraded around showing just how good they thought they were!
We also can act clever or show that we are one of the "in Crowd", but this
does not please God, because inside our hearts we are full of dirty things
like hate, jealousy and pride.
Searching Our Hearts:
We need to ask God to search and know our hearts. In Psalm 139:23-24,
"Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way
We cannot just try and be nice. This will never please God as all the
good things can we try to do, will never measure up to God's standard.
A completely "New Heart" must be our aim just as in Psalm 51:10,
David begged God to:
"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
We must throw out all those dry bones and empty our hearts, so that Jesus
can live inside us (Tip the bones out onto the table and show that
the tub is empty
Jesus in Our Hearts:
When we ask Jesus to come and live in our hearts, then we will really come
to know and experience the love of God. In Ephesians 3:16-18, Paul
prayed for all believers:
"That out of God's glorious riches He may strengthen you with power
through His Spirit in your inner being,
so that Christ may dwell in
your hearts through faith.
And I pray that you, being rooted and
established in love,
may have power, together with all the saints,
to know how wide, and long, and high, and deep is the love of Christ.
This will change us inside our hearts, and then we will be able to live
lives that please God, as Jesus strengthens and changes us. We will
no longer have to try and put on a false front to our friends and other
people. Lastly, in Ephesians 3:19, Paul earnestly prayed that we
"Know the love (of Christ) that surpasses knowledge -
that you may be
filled with all the fullness of God."