A Divine Heart Transplant
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 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. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. Ezekiel 36:25-27 ESV
Hearts of stone–that describes many of us. Our hearts are often hard and cold toward God and people. To change these hearts from stone to flesh we need more than just a little tweak here and there, a little “medicine.” We need a heart transplant – a brand-new heart that beats passionately for God and is compassionate towards people.
God promises to perform this divine heart transplant. He promises to remove our old hearts and give us new hearts that desire Him and love people. We can ask God to perform this “divine surgery” today!
- What do the following passages say about why the condition of our heart so important? — Proverbs 4:23; Matthew 6:19-21
- How did Jesus model a heart of compassion towards people in the following verses? — Matthew 9:35-38; John 11:1-44
Question to ponder: How does your life and leadership demonstrate a heart for God?
Passages for further study: Matthew 22:34-40; Luke 7:11-15