“‘I the LORD seach the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.'”
I love when songwriters use Bible verses to write their lyrics. It makes worshipping God so much cooler when you are singing God’s words back to him. This verse in Jeremiah immediately brought the song “Search My Heart” by Hillsong to mind. If you haven’t heard it, I strongly encourage you to.
The song talks about this verse, and it is so powerful. The lyrics start with,
“Search my heart
And search my soul.
There’s nothing else
That I want more.
Shine Your light
And show Your face.
In my life
Lord have Your way.”
When we allow God into every crevice of our lives, he gets in there and changes us. When we trust God with everything that we have and the darkest secrets and struggles in our hearts, he can work through us to allow his light to shine through those dark patches.
The song then goes on to repeat “without you, I am nothing.” This speaks so truly about our experience on earth, and I can go on and on about it. Without God in our lives, we can do no good. There are some people that think that if you’re a good person, you’ll go to Heaven, or if you’re nice to people, you’re set. This is the hard truth: without God, you are nothing and you can do no good.
That’s why we have God’s saving grace because we can do nothing on our own. It’s the reason why Jesus came in the first place. It’s so amazing that our actions do not determine Heaven or Hell for us because none of us would make the cut.
But, as the verse explains, our actions will be reviewed when Judgement Day arrives. Romans 14:10-12 says, “For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’ So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.” This DOES NOT determine our salvation, but it holds us accountable for our actions on earth. A lot of theologians also believe in Heavenly Crowns, that are awarded to believers for certain reasons. (Read more about that here.)
But the thick of it is, if we want God to really make and shape us into the people he has called us to be, we have to allow him in. We have to allow him into our lives to mold us and shape us, through the difficult and the easy, through the hardships and the pain, but it will all be worth it when we get to spend an eternity in perfection.