Hearts are ugly.
They’re veiny, throbbing, bloody, repulsive globs of gross. As you can tell I have a very light stomach for all things biology and body innards. Getting blood taken is an anxiety ridden event. And in the past I used to require my husband to hold my hand and tell me stories until the needle was out, so I could get through it. I am not the one watching real-life ER surgeries. I thank God for nurses and doctors and happily let them do their work. I believe they deserve every cent they make for what they do. God bless em!
But for all its hideousness the heart is vitally important. In fact it is the epicenter of life in the body. A thumping heart is a happy heart as it sends oxygenated life-giving blood throughout our bodies, whilst ridding us of carbon dioxide and waste.
In some ways the hearts of our soul is much the same. Ugly but important.
Hideous with sin; the heart is a goldmine of our inner depravity. The treasure it holds is grotesque and embarrassing. Pride, envy, selfishness, immorality and idolatry rots the heart till its pulse begins to slow. Our wretchedness like cardiovascular disease spreads through to the rest of our lives, infecting everything.
Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. ~ Proverbs 4:23
The Bible speaks a lot about our hearts, for it’s the place in which everything else is manifest. How we act and what we do is a product of our heart. And out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. It is of great importance. How we talk about others is a reflection of what our heart is filled with. Our actions work as a mirror into the depths of the heart.
We often say to people (especially to children) in the midst of evangelism that we need to ask Jesus into our hearts. But it seems to me that we kind of have that wrong. Although Jesus is in everything and is everywhere, He is most prominently sitting at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19). Biblically speaking it is not Jesus we want in our heart as I would prefer Him to be my mediator. It is the Spirit we ought to ask into our heart, to fill our souls and be our guide.
Whether you believe this is boring semantics or not, we know that God promises to give us a new heart when we invite the Spirit in.
And this is the good news. Because even with all the depraved contents of our dark and disturbing heart…Christ in His goodness makes a way to make it clean. In God’s perfect sovereignty He sent His Son. And in Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection He paved us a way to Him. And then as though that wasn’t enough, He sealed us with the sending of His Spirit.
In His Spirit we are given a new heart. One inhabited by the breath of God. One that is fought for by Christ our King and one that is sought after by the Lord of all.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. ~ Psalm 51:10