In Matthew 10: 16 - 20 we read:    

"Are you still so dull? Jesus asked them. “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”

In a world where 'christianity' is just a thin veneer and defined in terms of what you do outwardly - whether you go to church, the number of charitable acts you do in your community, how many social service programs you are involved in and how nice you pretend to be, it is easy to lose sight of what Christianity is actually all about. The passage above confronts us with that which is most important - the contents of our hearts. We can merrily be engrossed in all the 'activities' of Christianity, in all the charitable acts and what others expect of us and yet our hearts can be filled with hidden bitterness, resentment, hatred, anger, slander, lust and a host of other evils - all hidden away behind a 'Christian' or 'good person' facade.

What we need most of all is for the Holy Spirit to confront us with what is in our hearts and for us to agree with Him (that is what confession means) and be washed in the blood of Jesus Christ. Let us not fool ourselves - just as Jesus says in the passage above, sooner or later that bitterness, hatred, anger or whatever else, bursts forth when we are put under pressure and then gone is the Christian facade, gone is the nice person and we are revealed for who we really are...

Dear friend, Jesus invites us right here right now to come before Him honestly and ask Him to reveal the true state of our hearts by His Holy Spirit. Once He cleanses our hearts and truly comes and indwells us, we will naturally bring forth those actions which are 'Christian' and moreover, it will no longer be an act - something we think we ought to be doing - but genuine and visible for all to see, even when we are put under pressure. Let us ask ourselves and each other this question every day: "How's your heart?"