‘Thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same concern I have for you.’ 2 Corinthians 8.16
This slightly strange verse actually has much to say to us about the way God works within us. One of the questions we often puzzle over is whether we are sensing God’s will or just our own desires. This verse suggests that the two may not always be very different.
It implies that God puts concerns into our hearts; or in other words, our hearts are catching something of his heart. Of course, we cannot all catch God’s heart in its entirety so he gives specific concerns to different people. Perhaps it is only when all our concerns are shared that we begin to catch something of the enormous heart of God.
So what concerns are on your heart? What are the things that move you? What situations cause you to feel a sense of injustice? To which group of people are you naturally drawn? In seeking the answers to these questions, you will begin to discover something of the concerns that God has put within you. Give thanks for them and begin to pray with expectation that God will open the door for you to act upon them.