Do You Have A Heart For God?

When you think of the phrase a “heart for God,” more than likely you think of king David ( 1 Kings 11:14; Acts 13:22). While David was not perfect, by any means, he did have a heart for God. Looking at David then as the prime example, having a heart for God is not measured by works and words, but by thoughts and soulful yearning to be with God. David was a man who had a burning desire to be in God’s presence. David writes in the Psalms:

“One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple” (Psalm 27:4).

David’s daily thoughts were centered upon being with God—the true Shepherd. David realized that he was a fallible person; a man who was susceptible to fear, anxiety, covetousness, adultery, murder, and sin—for he was surrounded by warriors.

Having a heart for God means that I understand when I mess up and fall into sin, that I allow the Holy Spirit to convict me and to do His purifying work within me. If the goal of our faith is to be more like Christ (Eph 5:1), then I must concede to God’s directing hand, whether in discipline or joy, both are steeped in His unconditional love. Sometimes, being in the presence of God breaks me and sometimes it yields unfathomable grace, which allows me to see a holy and righteous God, who is not finished with me yet. And that is something that I strive for daily. Having a heart for God desires His will and not my will. Having a heart for God desires His moment by moment presence in my life: His Spirit pumping the breath of life through my heart, reaching out and flowing into my veins—He’s a part of me.


What’s holding you back from being in God’s presence? Is it knowing that you’re holding onto some type of sin that you think is hidden? God sees everything and knows everything. There is no sin so secret that God cannot see it. If you desire a heart for God then you’ll yield your flesh and spirit to His.

How much time do you spend in prayer—in real communication with God? Do you begrudgingly enter prayer, as if a chore, or does the thought send waves of joy over you—knowing you’re entering into a relationship, a dialogue, a union of a holy Father and an earthly son? Think about it…

Emerging from the culinary arts field as a restaurant owner and executive chef (Food Network), Matt’s journey from addiction to pastor is a miraculous narrative.

Years later, feeling compassion to help men struggling with addictions, discipleship, and life issues, Matt founded a non-profit ministry, Job 31 Ministries, directing the Leadership Coaching Network (LCN) side of Job 31.

Matt is married, has three beautiful daughters and has authored multiple books. He serves as pastor atOak Hall Baptistnear Richmond, Virginia.

Matt is an advocate board member of Living Bread Ministries (LBM), a global comprehensive Church Planting organization that helps the poorest of the poor. LBM reaches the slums of the world and helps people break the chains of poverty.

Matt’s the Director of Operations for New Breed Church Planting and co-founder of a collaborative church planting and revitalization initiative called Planting RVA, in Richmond, Virginia.

Matt frequently writes about church leadership, planting, revitalization, health, and growth for Church Planter MagazineChurch Central, and Urban Church Planting.

He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Great Commission Leadership at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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