This message comes from 1 Samuel 16:7: …God does not see the same way people see. People look at the outside of a person, but the Lord looks at the heart.
Tell the story of 1 Samuel 16 in your own words. Then talk about how David became king because he had a heart for God. God cares more about us having a heart for Him than he does about how you look, or how talented or popular you are. God chose David because of his heart. In 1 Samuel 13:14, God calls David a man after His own heart.
This Valentine’s Day, challenge your children to have a heart for God. By giving them “The Heart Test”.
YOU KNOW BY WHAT YOU SAY
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.” (Matthew 12:34-35 NKJV)
WHAT DO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME & MONEY ON?
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21)
ARE YOU LUKEWARM?
So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. (Revelation 3:16 NKJV)
DO YOU LIVE IN SIN AND UNBELIEF?
So brothers, be careful that none of you has an evil, unbelieving heart. This will stop you from following the living God. (Hebrews 3:12 ICB)
CHECK THE WORD
God’s word is alive and working. It is sharper than a sword sharpened on both sides. It cuts all the way into us, where the soul and the spirit are joined. It cuts to the center of our joints and our bones. And God’s word judges the thoughts and feelings in our hearts. (Hebrews 4:12 ICB)
The most important commandment is found in Mark 12:30.
Love the Lord your God. Love him with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.
Challenge your children to make a commitment to love God with all their heart.