Today I have the privilege of introducing a blogger friend of mine Thomas Mason.  I have been encouraged by his open and honest writing style over the past months that I’ve known him.  Thomas blogs over at Living the Story and you can follow him on Twitter @thomas__mason.

 Who can figure God out?

First, He says His people need to be holy and set apart from sin. Then He says that a man who was an adulterer, murderer and admittedly poor father is a man after His own heart?

So which is it? How can both be true?

Yet they are. David is called a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22). Yet David’s sins are clear, and they aren’t minor sins.

Perhaps we should ask just what it means to be a man (or woman) after God’s heart, for that is something for which we all should aspire. Obviously we’re not talking about sinless perfection. Paul seems to come the closest to this in the New Testament, who clearly wasn’t sinless, either — before or after salvation.


I think it means having a heart the same as God’s. It is having our desires, our motives, our goals, our values and our priorities line up with God’s. It means loving what He loves, hating what He hates, and looking at life as He looks at life. It is having His biblical worldview of things in our minds and His love or righteousness and hate of sin in our hearts. You may see it differently, but in effect, it means being like Jesus. That is God’s ultimate goal for all of us — to be more Christ-like.

So can we be a person who is after God’s own heart but still sin? Of course we can. John clearly reminds us that we won’t stop sinning (1 John 1:8-10), and Paul experienced this in his life as well (Romans 7). That means that you and I can be after God’s own heart. After all, a heart is internal, so it’s not external actions God is most concerned about. Just being like God externally is hypocrisy and we know how God feels about that. But if our hearts beat with His heart, for the things His heart beats for, then we are after God’s own heart.

What a wonderful goal in life, what a worthy dream to follow, to have a heart like God. That should be the desire of each of us. What could be better than to have the mind of Christ and the heart of God?

How can we apply this to our life? What can we do to be more like David, a “man after God’s own heart”?


  1. We should acknowledge God as well as inquire of Him in all situations.
  2. We should fear, honor and reverence God and not treat Him or His grace as something common or unholy.
  3. We should trust God and not give in to fear.
  4. We should obey God with our whole heart, not just partial obedience or an outward showing.
  5. We should be careful in what we promise and do. If we are doing something out of obedience to God, we should not worry what others think. We should care more what God thinks.
  6. When we do fail, we need to be truly repentant, not just before men, but before God.

Honoring and obeying God should be the first thing we do, not the last thing we think of.

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