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A short but great book.

I love in Joel 2:13, the LORD says, “Rend your heart and not your garments.”

So often, we offer superficial committments to Christ, as if that will satisfy him for the time being.  Whether we do this out of laziness, fear, selfishness, etc, Christ is not duped.

He wants the real deal…he wants our hearts, not just the shell.

A very literal example in my life is my persistent ‘need’ to get rid of clothes.  I have too many clothes; others not enough.  It is a practical way for me to get rid of junk, make more room for myself, help those in need, and all the while, feel good about myself.  That’s not the intent, but I think subconsciously at times it is.  I think to myself or to God, “Wow, look at all the stuff I’m willing to give up for YOU.”

His response is always, “Matthew, rend your heart and not your garments.”

Dang.

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