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March 9, 1998

It’s What’s inside That Counts

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LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?
PSALM 15:1
God is extremely interested in the contents of our hearts. He certainly observes our external performance, but measuring and evaluating what’s in our hearts is His chief concern. It was so for Saul, it was so for David, and it is so for us.
In this passage, the psalmist asks a poignant question: Who can be approved for entry into God’s innermost courts? Who is allowed to climb His holy hill and spend time in intimate communion with Him? The answer is simple: a person who has a heart that is fully devoted to God.
This person’s ways are blameless and righteous, he tells the truth, he doesn’t speak slanderous words, he treats his neighbors and coworkers well, he hates evildoers, he honors others who fear God, he keeps his word even when it hurts, he lends money without charging interest, and he doesn’t accept bribes (Psalm 15:2-5).
But all these attitudes and behaviors are merely external indicators of what’s inside. At his core, this person has a deep desire to honor God and a healthy fear of Who He is. That and that alone is the motivating force behind his righteous behavior and honest words.
As followers of Jesus, it is our job to bring to the workplace hearts that are set on Christ, that fear God, and that desire for Him to be honored by our conduct and wholehearted devotion to Him. It is that kind of internal posture that will lead to the ethical behavior that can sustain a business enterprise for the long haul. And as Psalm 15:5 says, “He who does these things will never be shaken.”
If God answered the question the psalmist asked in Psalm 15:1, would your name be on the list of qualified sanctuary dwellers?

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