I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and will give you a heart of flesh. –Ezekiel 36:26
Over and over again, Jesus looked the most religious men of His day in the eye and confronted them concerning their obsession with putting on a good appearance and performance while their hearts were empty and corrupt. It didn’t matter if they circumcised their bodies and tithed everything they owned, down to the herbs; or if they washed their hands every time they ate and could quote the Law from beginning to end; or if they scrupulously observed every feast day, fast day, and Sabbath day; or even if everyone else respected them as devout believers. If their hearts weren’t right, they weren’t right. And if ours aren’t right, neither are we.
The medical profession stresses the importance of regular checkups. Anyone with a family history of heart disease is encouraged to get his cholesterol measured. We don’t assume that just because we look fine outwardly, we have nothing to worry about. If our heart is not functioning properly or we have a blockage in our arteries, we want to know about it so we can do whatever is necessary to deal with the situation.
Should we be any less concerned about our spiritual heart condition—when we all have a family history of “heart disease”? We should be regular and diligent in letting Him diagnose conditions we may be unable to see in ourselves. For the good news of the gospel is that the Great Physician has made available a cure for our deceived, diseased hearts. Jesus came to do radical heart surgery—to cleanse and transform us from the inside out.If you held your heart up to the light today, what would you see? What would you like to see there instead?
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