And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: Joel 2:13 KJV
This is a scripture was spoken to Israel in a time when they had grown complacent, they had became familiar with God and they had allowed sin to fill their hearts. At a season where people where willing to show religion and not have a personal relationship with him, at a time when people would rather be seen religious (living the part) than be righteous. Israel would sin so that they would offer sacrifices everyday morning and evening with the focus of eating meet.
People would rent their clothes that is tear them apart as a sign to show their vindication and rejection over what was happening.
To ‘rend your heart’ means to tear apart your heart, living in a broken state, humbled state or a surrendered heart. We have to abase ourselves but not just that but have a reverence an awe for who He is.
May we have a reverence in our worship leading, in our service as an usher, cleaner, pastor, king or business man. May we live our lives in a broken state where God is the centre and all we desire to do is bless the Lord.
God is looking beyond the physical acts we do daily and in our service God is looking at the heart behind all that. Behind all we do may our lives be found broken, in awe and in reverence of who God is. May brokenness and surrendered hearts drive us to serve and bless God always and all times. Just like the story of the King in 2 Kings 6:30 (KJV)
“And it came to pass, when the king heard the words of the woman, that he rent his clothes; and he passed by upon the wall, and the people looked, and, behold, he had sackcloth within upon his flesh”.
When our clothes are rent may God see brokenness upon our lives. When the mask is removed may people see Christ, when our work is examined may people see the footprints that lead to the Christ. Behind the closed doors may reverence and awe for who God is grab ahold of our lives.
Let us Pray
“Father we Thank you that we are like this king that wore sackcloth underneath his majestic clothing… We thank u that our lives are a broken and humble enough for us to chase after you and live for you nothing to ourselves but to chase after you daily, in Jesus Name. Amen”