Today, there was a discussion in our Sunday School class about the heart. I have to admit, in the many times that the heart is mentioned in the Bible, I never once thought of it as the human heart…the muscular mechanism by which blood is pumped through our veins. While that muscle is indeed our human heart, I have always equated the heart in the Bible to be a spiritual one. Needless to say, the discussion in Sunday School this morning was a very thought-provoking one. I love mornings like that! Seek and ye shall find! (Matthew 7:7)
We have a “High-Definition” TV in our home. HD…High Def..HDTV (not to be confused with HGTV- woot!) has the ability to provide a picture of unsurpassable quality- a resolution that is significantly higher than a TV that is not HD compatible. The people and colors are more clear and vivid and the motion, in a football game for instance, is so fast it’s actually a little trippy on the eyes. We do not, however, subscribe to or pay for HD service; therefore, we do not have the privilege of viewing these super clear channels on our HD compatible TV. Try to stick with my thinking this morning. I think of humans as being HD compatible. We are all created, manufactured if you will, with that chip that gives us the ability to receive high-definition signals from the Lord. When we accept Christ as our Savior and “invite Him into our heart” then we are subscribing to that HD signal and we are seeing the picture in a whole new light. Our purpose, His will for us, a very clear and real-time relationship begins to form in our being. Our walk with the Lord becomes very real. All humans have the ability to receive this gift of salvation through Jesus Christ…but not everyone responds to the invitation. In that abstract sense…the HD chip is the heart that I think of when I read the Bible.
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.
25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 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. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you. Accept instruction from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart. If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored.
The word “heart” is mentioned 743 times in the Bible. I challenge you this week to look up each verse that contains the word “heart” and read them. A heart that is not seeking the Lord can be withered, blighted, hardened, dismayed, faint, anxious, corrupt, proud, perverse and foolishly full of folly. (Whew…say that 5 times fast.) With the Lord, our hearts may be discerning, happy, upright, blessed, strong, joyful and wise. We are to hide God’s word in our heart so we may not sin against him (Psalm 119:11) and guard our heart because everything we do flows from it (Prov 4:23).
God has created us to be HD compatible and ready to receive His signal and the gift of salvation. If you don’t you have a relationship with Christ, there is no better day than this to seek Him.
Do you have an HD heart?