Fuel for Friday...
Ezekiel 36:26 “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.”
Although by man’s definition my son has a failing heart, an imperfect heart wrought with defects, in reality, the nature of all of our hearts is this way. Psalm 51:5 ("Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me…Create in me a pure heart, O God…”), Jeremiah 17:9 ("The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?"), and Genesis 8:21 ("…every inclination of his [man] heart is evil from childhood…"), candidly point out that all men need God to give them a new heart.
Sometimes I feel that to be more of the person God wants me to be I really need a new brain. I despise the judgmental thoughts that run through my head and the sins I consciously commit. But...what I really need is a heart transplant. God says he will remove our hearts of stone and give us hearts of flesh. As we grow in Him and He gives us our new heart, we will love as he loves – with God’s perfect love that does not judge and does not hurt but forgives and is unconditional.
I fear the day my son may need a heart transplant. The need is a very real one and could come unexpectedly. Unfortunately, his need might not be met here on this earth. There might not be a heart available when his need his critical. Thankfully, we don’t have to have this fear for our spiritual heart transplant. God is ready and eager to give each of us a new heart right now!