The scar running down Charlie’s chest was seven inches long. It took a long time to heal, but the scar was a small price to pay for his new lease on life. He climbs stairs without stopping every few steps to catch his breath. He walks his dog every morning as the sun comes up. He plays baseball with his grandchildren. The open heart surgery saved his life.
When you think of a scar, you think of a visible sign of healing. But, the most important scar is invisible; God cuts away your old, dead heart, and gives you a new heart. You’re dead for sure without the surgery. I need it. You need it. Without His intervention, no amount of exercise, nutrition, or “clean living” will save you.
We can echo David’s request:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
And, God replies:
“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.” Ezekiel 36:26-27
Has God given you a new heart? What effect has that had on your life?
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