Why the Heart Matters

Never let the world outside dim the light within.

That’s a phrase I heard last Friday from Cory Booker who’s the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. He’s achieved a great deal of good in that city and he’s done it because he never stopped listening to what God had placed in his heart. Mama Maggie Gobran left a comfortable job working for an American university in Cairo, Egypt to found and run Stephen’s Children Ministry, which reaches out to the thousands of chidren in that city who live in or near the rubbish dump. She is sustained in that ministry because she has learned the value of silence and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak deeply into her heart.

The life of the heart is not so we can live lives of private edification but instead, help build the kingdom of God in the name of Jesus. That’s because our goal is to have the life of Jesus flowing in and through us as we continually offer our hearts up to him. The more Jesus captures our heart, the more we will share his heart. There’s a line in a song that goes, “break my heart for what breaks yours; everything I am for your kingdom’s cause…” Wow! That’s a courageous prayer! It resonates with all of us who love Jesus, but it’s only possible if we live in a heart to heart relationship with God through Jesus.

A place to start is to ask Jesus questions as you read the newspaper or walk through your community; ‘How does this make you feel Jesus’; ‘tell me what you think about this Lord’; This makes me cry Jesus. Tell what’s going on in my heart’; ‘I look at this tragedy and I feel nothing. Lord, break my heart for what breaks yours. Save me from hard-heartedness.’

Jesus was the epitome of love in action. Around him sicknesses were healed, the lame were restored, sins were forgiven and the dead were raised. He challenged and rebuked the powerful and raised up the lowly. He was an agent of transformation. As we allow his life to flow through our life; his heart to capture our heart we may well find ourselves with a God-given desire to go and do likewise!

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