“To the pure of heart, vice is what is hard.” –Richard Foster
Augustine, whose writings and theology influenced the early church and much of Western philosophy, once said, “Narrow is the mansion of my soul; enlarge Thou it, that Thou mayest enter in.” In so many words, he was asking God to give him a big heart. Such a request was not to facilitate giving or benevolence to others (though that certainly is a byproduct); but rather, was asking in consideration of the bigness of God.
Augustine realized that he needed a greater capacity to know God and to understand the glory of His presence. Oh! for that to be our prayer: God make room in my heart for You! More room, more space, more time, more thought, more contemplation! Clear out the unnecessary and trivial clutter so that my whole being is overwhelmed and consumed with Thy presence. Make the mansion of my soul bigger so that You are more at home in me!
How big is your heart? You may assume not very big, and you may be right. But you can, as Augustine did, ask God to enlarge it. Tozer said, “The widest thing in the universe is not space; it is the potential capacity of the human heart. Being made in the image of God, it is capable of almost unlimited extension in all directions.” Ask God to stretch it so that His presence may fill it.
Daily Reading: Psalms 90-95
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