Do you know anyone who has had a heart transplant? Anyone who has had significant work to their heart?
Some people receive the news of heart surgery ‘out of the blue’. They go to the doctor with what they consider to be a small ailment, and the next thing they know, there is bypass surgery. Others travel a different journey; lethargic, no energy, everything is difficult, always tired, and shortness of breath. They know something is wrong and something needs to be done.
If you speak to those who have had surgery and ask them how they are doing, often the response is that they feel so well, have never had so much energy, and are zesting for life. Now, maybe this should not be that surprising. After all, they have a new heart!
Which brings us to this question: as God’s people, do we live as if we have a new heart? Do we have a true joy and zest for life? Are we living our lives enthusiastically in God’s service? Is there a genuine love springing forth from us for God and each other? Are we training our brain to live ‘in the joy of our Master’? Do we really understand what we have been rescued from, as we have been taken from the ghetto and placed into the royal household of God?
After all, we too have received major surgery: 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 (Ezekial 36).
Let’s continue to live out of our new heart!