What determines and verifies that a person is alive? The heart. The most important organ in our body! This hardworking organ works 24 hours, 7 days a week till the day we die. The human heart beats and pumps blood throughout the entire body as well as delivering oxygen to the brain and all the other organs in our bodies. How thankful we are that it never takes a vacation!
If the heart does have problems, diseases, poison, etc., one might consider getting a heart transplant. A heart transplant consists of removing the heart from a suitable deceased donor and giving this “new” heart to a recipient in desperate need. The recipient must undergo all kinds of tests and evaluations to make sure they are mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and physically able to make good use of a new heart. The purpose of the rigid testing is to ensure that the new heart is the perfect match and the transplant a success.
Jeremiah, one of the Old Testament authors, was very concerned about heartbeats too.
He was known for being heartbroken with a heartbreaking message. But instead of the physical heartbeat of earthy life, his focus was the spiritual heartbeat of eternal life. This prophet’s daily job was to declare the words of God to people that were stubborn and rebellious. His greatest plea was to revive spiritual hearts that stopped beating and instead, encourage others to have a “change of heart” and join God in His holy heartbeat. Instead of doing things on their own and ending up in utter destruction to instead bow the knee to Almighty God. In chapter 24 of Jeremiah, God says “I will give them a heart to know that I am the LORD, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.”
This tells of the great need the people had of a new heart, new attitude and new behavior. This also tells of the great need of God’s love because of His willingness to give us a new heart. His promise of this very thing declares loud volumes of God’s love for His people.
John, the author in the New Testament, states that:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
So we know that God loves us, but the root of the problem is not whether God loves us, but rather do we love Him?
Do we love Him enough to follow after Him? Do we love Him enough to do what He says?
Do we love Him NOT to hurt and grieve His heart? God the great physician knows that we are unable to give ourselves a heart transplant, so in His incredible grace and mercy, does it for us, guaranteeing a high success rate.
1) Would you acknowledge that you need a heart transplant?
2) Would you make a decision to seek after God’s heart?
3) Would you allow the Lord to turn your heart towards His, beating in unison with His?
If you replied yes to any of the above questions, I invite you to say this prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father,
I admit that my heart needs to be transformed, that I need a new heart and you are the only one that can give me a new one. Please come and transform me to have a heart that beats in unison with yours. I seek to do the things that are pleasing to you and not me. Help me to surrender my life to you and serve you all of my days. Amen
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About the author
Simone Lake is a pastor’s wife and full-time minister, serving in various areas.
Her primary areas include Bible teacher and conference speaker (both in the U.S. and internationally). In addition, she writes devotional articles in several publications, is a short-term missionary, author, prayer leader, Bible mentor and chaplain.
She holds a master’s degree in theological studies (MTS) and attends Church on Randall Place where she serves in various capacities.
Simone and her husband Pastor John Lake, enjoy outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking and mountain bike riding.