The heart instead of the head

Many Somalis think that religion is something that happens in their minds; by learning a lot of rules and laws about God; many Somalis believe that to live a religious life means to know a lot about God in their minds – but knowing God is not something that just happens in your mind, knowing God is something that happens in your heart. We have all heard about famous or rich people and we know something about them; many of us have never sat down with someone like that to eat a meal with them and to get to know them. There is a big difference between just hearing about someone and living with that person. God wants us to know Him and to meet with Him and have Him fill our hearts and our minds.

The Bible says: Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” – 1 John 4:7-10

“Gacaliyayaalow, aynu isjeclaanno; waayo, Ilaah baa leh jacaylka; oo mid walba oo jecel, wuxuu ka dhashay Ilaah, Ilaah buuna yaqaan. Oo ka aan jeclaynina Ilaah ma yaqaan; waayo, Ilaah waa jacayl. Ilaah baa Wiilkiisa keliya oo dhashay dunida u soo diray si aynu ugu noolaanno isaga, oo taasaa jacaylka Ilaah laynoogu muujiyey. Oo taas jacayl baa ku jira, mana aha inaynu Ilaah jeclayn, laakiinse isagaa ina jeclaaday, oo wuxuu Wiilkiisa u soo diray si uu kafaaraggudka dembiyadeenna u noqdo.”

God sent His own Son to die for us; and if we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour then we will have eternal life. We will know that we have eternal life because the Spirit of God will be living inside of us; we will feel the presence of God in our lives. We will feel the heaviness of our sins lift off of us when we put our faith in Jesus Christ and follow Him. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour we will know God; and God will know us; when we believe in Jesus Christ as our Saviour then God will come into our lives and live with us and eat with us; when we ask Jesus Christ into our hearts we will be filled with His peace because God will come and live in our hearts.

There were two men who went to God’s Temple to pray; both of these men wanted to pray to God so they went to the time of prayer. Here is the story in the Bible that tells us about what happened to these men. The one man prayed and asked God to come into his heart and to forgive him from all his sins; the other man just wanted to follow the laws and rules about God but didn’t want God to change his heart. The man who gave God his heart was forgiven and received the peace of God; the man who just wanted to follow the rules about God was not forgiven and did not go to heaven.

Here is the story from the Bible:

“Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else. For I don’t cheat, I don’t sin, and I don’t commit adultery. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’

“But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” – Luke 18:10-14

“Laba nin ayaa tegey inay macbudka ku tukadaan; mid Farrisi buu ahaa, kan kalena cashuurqaade. Farrisigii intuu istaagay ayuu waxyaalahan isugu tukaday, Ilaahow, waxaan kuugu mahadnaqayaa inaanan ahayn sida nimanka kale oo wax dulma, iyo kuwa xaqa daran, iyo dhillayaasha, ama xataa sida cashuurqaadahan. Toddobaadkiiba laba kol ayaan soomaa, waxaan haysta oo dhanna toban meelood ayaan meel ka bixiyaa. Laakiin cashuurqaadihii meel fog ayuu ka istaagay, ma uuna doonaynin inuu indhihiisa cirka u qaado, laakiin laabtiisa ayuu garaacay isagoo leh, Ilaahow, ii naxariiso anigoo dembi leh. Waxaan idinku leeyahay, Kan iyo kii kale, kan baa gurigiisa tegey isagoo la caddeeyey inuu xaq yahay; waayo, mid kasta oo isa sarraysiiya waa la hoosaysiin doonaa, oo kii is-hoosaysiiyana waa la sarraysiin doonaa.”

God blessed the man who asked God to forgive his sins; God blessed the man who poured out his heart to God; God gave peace to the man who prayed and asked God to forgive his sins. But God did not bless the man who thought he was so good and was following all the rules about God. We can be very mean and bad people even though we say we are following God’s laws. God wants our hearts; God doesn’t want people to just talk about the Lord – God wants people who give their hearts to God and follow Him.

When God lives inside of our hearts we become different people; we do things that we normally do not do. God is so good to us and blesses us if we let Him come inside our hearts. Open the door of your heart and allow God to live in your heart; let God move you by His Spirit; let God move and live His life through you.

One day a woman was arrested in a country for serving the Lord Jesus Christ and telling other people that they could go to heaven if they put their faith in the Lord Jesus. The government arrested her and put her in prison and told her not to tell anyone about Jesus. But the woman did not stop telling the other prisoners about the Lord Jesus Christ because she knew that Jesus is the most wonderful person in the universe; the woman knew that Jesus was giving her the peace and joy and forgiveness in her heart that she always wanted; this woman knew that Jesus Christ loved her and had given her eternal life – so she kept on telling everyone about the Lord Jesus.

One day the prison guard came to the woman and was going to beat her and torture her because she did not stop telling others about the Lord Jesus Christ. The guard lifted her hand to hit the prisoner and the prisoner smiled at the guard. The guard asked the prisoner what she was smiling about. The prisoner told the guard the she use to be angry and hit other people but when the love of Jesus Christ filled her heart she stopped doing bad things and just started to care for and love other people more. The guard put down her hands and did not beat the prisoner and let her go and tell the other prisoners about the Lord Jesus Christ.

Many, many people in this world believe that Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world. The first people who accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour were called the disciples or followers of Jesus. Jesus told them to go into all the world and to tell everyone about Jesus and to baptize them and teach them everything about God.

This is what it says in the Bible:

On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.

Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel:

“God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this. Now he is exalted to the place of highest honor in heaven, at God’s right hand. And the Father, as he had promised, gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us, just as you see and hear today.

“So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!”

Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”

Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the Lord our God.” Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!” – Acts 2

“Oo kolkii maalintii Bentekoste la gaadhay, meel bay kulligood wada joogeen. Oo waxaa filanla’aan samada ka yimid sanqadh sida dabayl xoog leh oo aad u dhacaysa, oo waxay buuxisay gurigii ay fadhiyeen oo dhan. Markaasaa carrabbo u kala qaybsamaya sida dab oo kale iyaga u muuqday oo ku dul fadhiistay midkood kasta. Kolkaasaa waxaa kulligood ka wada buuxsamay Ruuxa Quduuska ah, oo waxay bilaabeen inay afaf kale ku hadlaan sidii Ruuxu iyaga u siiyey hadalka.

Laakiin Butros intuu koob-iyo-tobankii isla taagay, ayuu sare u qaaday codkiisa oo ku yidhi iyaga, Niman yahow reer Yahuudiya iyo dhammaantiinan Yeruusaalem degganow, tan ogaada oo hadalladayda dhegaysta. Waayo, kuwanu ma sakhraansana sidaad u malaynaysaan inay sakhraansan yihiin; maxaa yeelay, tanu waa saacaddii saddexaad ee maalmeed. Laakiin waxanu waa wixii lagaga dhex hadlay nebi Yoo’eel,

Ciisahan Ilaah baa sara kiciyey, annagoo dhammuna markhaatiyaal baan ka wada nahay. Haddaba isagoo Ilaah midigtiisa sare loogu qaaday, oo Aabbaha ka helay ballankii Ruuxa Quduuska ahaa, ayuu soo shubay waxan oo aad arkaysaan oo maqlaysaan

Reer binu Israa’iil oo dhammu aad ha u ogaadeen in Ilaah ka dhigay Rabbi iyo Masiixba Ciisahan aad iskutallaabta ku qodobteen.

Markay taas maqleen ayaa qalbiga laga wareemay, markaasay ku yidhaahdeen Butros iyo rasuulladii kale, Walaalayaalow, maxaannu falnaa? Markaasaa Butros iyagii ku yidhi, Toobadkeena, oo midkiin kasta ha lagu baabtiiso magaca Ciise Masiix dembidhaafkiinna aawadiis, oo waxaad heli doontaan hadiyadda ah Ruuxa Quduuska ah. Maxaa yeelay, ballanka waxaa leh idinka iyo carruurtiinna iyo kuwa fog oo dhan in alla intii Rabbiga Ilaaheenna ahu u yeedho. Hadallo kaloo badan ayuu markhaati ahaan ugu waaniyey isagoo leh, Naftiinna ka badbaadiya qarnigan qalloocan.

If you call out to Jesus He will save you; if you cry out to God He will hear you and fill you with His peace; God is a loving and caring God – give Him your heart and He will bless you.

Let us pray….

© Somali Christian Ministries, 2018