17 Jan The Heart of the Matter
I am sad to say, the pastormobile had some difficulties last week, and they have carried over to this week. I am no mechanic, but I was pretty sure something important was wrong. When I put the engine into gear, the car wasn’t moving smoothly in reverse or drive. I REALLY wanted it to be the cold weather or operator error, but it wasn’t. My most dreaded dashboard warning light came on: the transmission. Dun, dun, dunnnnn!
I think the reason transmission issues are so problematic is the engine is similar to the heart of a person. Medical professionals always get concerned when our hearts are malfunctioning, and they don’t want us to wait to address them. Just as our hearts are responsible for how well our bodies function, the engine controls whether or not the car is operational. If the transmission goes, a car’s value is greatly diminished.
God knows that our hearts are important, but God thinks about the heart as more than an organ that pumps blood through our bodies. The Jewish understanding of the word heart seen in the Bible is not about an organ; it refers to the essence of who human beings are. In that usage, the heart is the core of who we are and all parts of us are connected to it.
God wants our hearts…in every way we understand that word. God wants us to give our physical bodies over to Him as well as the very essence of who we are and who we want to be. If we give our hearts to God, we are able to know Him and live a fuller life.
Jesus uses a passage from the prophet Isaiah to teach about the value of our heart: “For the heart of this people has become dull, with their ears they scarcely hear, and they have closed their eyes, otherwise they would see with their eyes, hear with their ears, and understand with their heart and return, and I would heal them.” Without our hearts, God knows we can’t see or hear Him clearly. That means we cannot recognize God in the world, and healing is never possible with that limited perception.
I don’t want our hearts to become dull, do you? We can learn from God’s Word about what it looks like to be committed to God’s purpose for us. We can pray and ask God to tell us what we need to know. If we want to see and hear God clearly, God will respond to us, and our hearts will not become dull.
The mechanics are working to repair the transmission, and they should have the pastormobile up and running soon. God is able to repair our hearts as well. With God’s help, we will be sharp and effective, and our hearts will function the way God intended—beating with a strong pulse that is in rhythm with God. The Good Mechanic is working on our hearts, and He won’t stop until the work is done.
Blessings to you,