As I’m sure all of you know, yesterday was Valentine’s Day. On that day, many of us gave that special someone a gift to show them just how much we love them. But what really makes Valentine’s day meaningful is not the gifts given. It’s not the sweet notes left on the car windshield, it’s the love that is behind them. You could have gone all out yesterday and it not have really meant anything. Why? Because the other three hundred sixty four days of the year your heart did not say what your actions on Valentine’s Day showed.
In our lives today, it is easy to do things simply because of habit and not because they are in our heart. We can get so caught up in the act of doing something that we forget the reason we are doing it. We must always strive to do things from our heart, not just because we have to do them. In Hosea 6:6, the people of Israel were making sacrifice to the Lord but God says that their sacrifice was worthless to Him. Why? Because their heart was not in it. Sure, they were doing the right actions but they were not doing them for the right reason. God wants us to do the things that He asks us to do not only because He told us to but also because of our love for Him. Our love should drive us to want to do it. So, today (and every day) when you are doing things for God, take time to make sure that it will not be worthless in God’s eyes and take time to make sure that your heart is in it.