I think the biggest challenge that the church faces today is our unwillingness to give Jesus our whole hearts.
Sin and morality questions boil down to our unwillingness to submit our whole hearts to Jesus. Instead of letting Jesus do the work of transforming us by the power of the Holy Spirit we hold on to our sin because we find our identity there. That identity is tied to our hearts. Jesus wants our hearts.
Churches struggling with leadership is a heart issue. We want what we want, not what Jesus wants.
Lack of financial support for the mission the church is called to reveals that there are people who have not given Jesus their treasure and that reveals their heart.
I cannot in good conscience read the Bible and tell people that Jesus is ok leaving them where they are if they haven’t given their whole hearts to him. Jesus wants our hearts.
What would happen if Jesus had my whole heart?
My identity would be wrapped up in his plan for me instead of my plan for me.
My temptations would lose their power because they would not hold my heart.
I wouldn’t be so concerned with what that other church or pastor is doing, because I really only need to care what Jesus wants me to be doing.
My treasure would line up with his priorities.
My conversations would be shaped to reveal Jesus’ heart to the people in my life.