Sharpen Your Heart

Think about this for a moment - you will spend billions of years in perfect ecstasy or terrible torment according to what’s going on with your heart.  In that economy, you heart is the most valuable thing about you.  Do we live that way?

In Matthew 13, Jesus makes some serious statements concerning our hearts.  Jesus Christ, son of God, left paradise to come redeem us.  He was about to pay our way, once and for all.  In the meantime, He is teaching us how to access this amazing grace.  Jesus is speaking on life and death matters.  In the parable of the soil, Jesus essentially states that the majority of people who think they’ve encountered God have not had a genuine salvation experience.  (That’s a big deal!)  

He turns to his disciples and let’s them know that even though he’s teaching good stuff, the people who need His message the most are probably missing the point.

Matthew 13:15 - 

For this people’s heart has grown dull,

and with their ears they can barely hear,

and their eyes they have closed,

lest they should see with their eyes

and hear with their ears

and understand with their heart

and turn, and I would heal them.’

What is the condition of your heart?  Maybe God is speaking, drawing, and working in your life.  Is it possible that you too have grown dull?

Dull is deadly.  It’s hard to detect…at first.  Growing dull in your sensitivity to God can happen lots of different ways:

- “small” sins

- prolonged indifference

- selfishness

- spiritual pride

If life and death will be determined by your heart, let this scripture wake you up.  Here’s the promise from Jesus.  When we turn back to Him…He will heal.  What a beautiful promise.  Get over the fact that you don’t deserve it.  Come to Him, and receive it.

Aaron is the pastor of Spring of Life, a new church in Portland, Oregon. He's the owner of Amplify Creative.