About a year ago I went to church (I have been back since BTW) and heard a message from a young guy who was talking about the heart and how it was rotten, sinful and full of everything bad you could think of. He was quoting lots of Old Testament scripture. I was thinking, ‘yeah interesting context but let’s move on to the good bit’. The good bit in Ezekial 36:26:
And 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 give you a heart of flesh.
The good bit where God says are hearts are now good, because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. The good bit, where God asks us to love Him and others with all our heart, soul and mind. The good bit – the very good bit. The good bit – never came, the service ended and I’m sure people left really disappointed, condemned and guilty. It was all over their faces and probably in their hearts.
The heart of the matter is what God says about our heart. The bible uses words like pure, clean, joyful, happy and brand new when it refers to the heart. I get the point about sin, but this is not the place we need to dwell and we need to look after our heart. The movements of our hearts are dynamic and require vigilance. Proverbs 4:23 describes it like this:
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
Above all else. That’s the bit we stumble over. God cares for our hearts and wants to teach us how to guard them because they are so precious to him. Let your heart be precious to you.
Some questions for you:
• How is your heart doing?
• Are you paying attention to it or ignoring it for the sake of convenience?
• What is your heart investing in?
• Is your heart engaged with God’s heart?
• If your heart is broken, what are doing to put the pieces back together?
• How are you guarding your heart?
• What will you do next?
The enemy is after that precious heart of yours. If he wasn’t we wouldn’t be told to guard it above all else. But God is on the case. May you this week remember that Jesus has triumphed. The Spirit dwells within. Take your place in Jesus, in his cross, his resurrection and his rule. Let him show you how to fight, how to protect yourself and how to be restored. Your heart matters.