The Heart of the Matter

4/12/2022

Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure; Where your treasure is, there is your heart; Where your heart is, there is your happiness.

St Augustine
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.  Ezekiel 36:26-27

We once had a neighbor with a bunch of kids that seem to always be creating excitement. Their 3-year-old daughter took many an opportunity to strip down and run naked through the neighborhood with great pleasure and boisterous giggles. It always resulted in a lot of smiles as people watched the scene unfold when her siblings and mother chased after her.  It still makes me laugh even today.  The heart of that little one was looking for attention and found an effective way to get it.

The heart of man is the centerpiece of God’s concern for humanity. For the heart is the reflection of our inner man or spirit and drives who we are. Our thoughts and intents which though may be hidden from everyone else, are laid open and naked before God (Hebrews 4:13).

This may surprise you but God is less concerned about our actions than the condition and intent of our heart.  The heart of man is the source of how one lives his/her life; for out of the heart spring forth either good or evil (Matthew 12:35).

But man is helpless to change his own heart. Some religions will try to change us and make us acceptable to God through keeping rules, good works, rituals, pilgrimages and so forth. But unless the heart has been changed by God Himself through faith in His Son, our human efforts are meaningless.

God is the great heart changer, restorer, mender and renewer; longing to give us a heart created to please Him. If you are willing, by His grace you can have a new heart through faith in Jesus Christ; a heart of faith created for good which is pleasing and acceptable to Him.

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”  John 7:37-38

Are you thirsty for the living water Jesus offers?  Call upon Him and He will receive you and change your heart!