Minister’s Message – “How’s your heart?”
I had a routine stress test on Wednesday, June 18 that my heart doctor schedules every two years. To my surprise, the following Monday I received a call saying that they saw an “abnormality” that could affect the lower part of my heart and I needed a heart catheterization to check it out.
I went in early July 1 for the heart cath praising God the Great Physician and for good medical technology if I needed another stent. When I woke up, the doctor told me that my heart and previous two stents look good. He said if all hearts looked as good as mine, he would be out of business. Praise God for answered prayer.
This got me thinking as a preacher to ask the question, “How’s your heart?” – Your spiritual heart? The state of a person’s natural life depends upon the soundness and vigor of his heart. And the state of a person’s spiritual life depends on the good or evil condition of his heart.
The human heart is ruined by the plague of sin. But that has not always been the case. God created Adam with a pure and holy heart. In the original creation, our father Adam had a heart that loved God. He enjoyed the sweet fellowship and communion of God. His life was governed by the will of God. It was his pleasure to serve God.
Adam was made a holy and happy creature, with no bias to evil. But Adam fell by the temptation of Satan. He sinned against God; and, immediately, his heart was corrupted. And now every child of Adam – all humans – inherits that corrupt heart; so that all people’s hearts are by nature plagued with sin.
How does a worm get inside an apple? Perhaps you think the worm burrows in from the outside. No, scientists have discovered that the worm comes from inside. But how does he get in there? Simple! An insect lays an egg in the apple blossom. Sometime later, the worm hatches in the heart of the apple, then eats his way out. Sin, like the worn, begins in the heart and works out through a person’s thoughts, words, and actions.
The Heart of Man is the source of man’s lostness. “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) Scientists have discovered that every snowflake has a tiny piece of dust at its core. Yes, every snowflake has a “dirty heart”
God wants to give you a new heart. “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26)
The Heart of Faith not the Head is the vehicle of Salvation. Romans 10:9-10 says, “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” (NLT)
Biblical Christianity is far more than head knowledge of Jesus. Many people who think they are saved, are not. Why? Because they have never received Jesus into their hearts by faith. They believe in their heads, but not in their hearts. They are missing heaven by 18 inches (the distance from one’s heart to one’s brain).
Have you been given a new heart? Have you been created anew in Christ Jesus? Your religious badge is meaningless; you need a new heart. Your religious exercises are meaningless; you need a new heart. If you have not yet gotten a new heart, go to Christ, the Great physician. He alone can heal the plague of sin in your heart by creating it anew.