Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 10:1-11:25 (additional reading: Psalm 105:16-36 & Proverbs 27:1-2)
Having a stone heart usually is not a good thing. Cher did have a line in a song that said: “don’t you wish sometimes you had a heart made of stone?” Yet having a heart made of stone is not exactly something we should long for. We see that in the book of Ezekiel the prophet was calling the exiled people of Israel back to the living God. He spoke of their hearts that had been turned to stone.
The heart we are talking about is not the organ of the heart, but the heart or centre of our being The Bible teaches plainly that while our physical health is important, yet even more important is our spiritual hearts. It really matters what is inside of us. It goes beyond the things that we do, God is concerned about what we think and how we think.
In the movie Godfather III, mafia chief Michael Corleone meets with Cardinal Lamberto, reporting to the Cardinal that executives from the Vatican bank and even an Archbishop, have been involved in a massive case of fraud. After hearing this news Cardinal Lamberto moves to a fountain, withdraws a stone and says: Look at this stone. It has been lying in the water for a very long time, but the water has not penetrated it.” He breaks the stone in two, shows the inside to Don Michael and continues, “Look. Perfectly dry. The same thing has happened to men in Europe. For centuries they have been surrounded by Christianity, but Christ has not penetrated. Christ doesn’t breathe within them.”
Before our lives can change Christ has to penetrate through more than just your mind. A lot of people acknowledge the reality of God and the fact that Jesus is Lord, but it doesn’t always move from a head knowledge into the heart. Jesus needs to penetrate into the hearts of those who make up His church, that starts with us and our own hearts.
Sometimes we are like the potato picked up by a little girl who said, “Look, Mammy, this potato is so big and nice, isn’t it?” Then the mother peeled it and cut it in half. How surprised was the little girl when she saw it all black and hollow in the middle. So often we can be like that. Outwardly we look great, we look like we are growing, we look healthy because they have all the outward signs of being a good Christian, just like that potato had all the signs of being a good edible potato. Inwardly though many are rotten and hollow, and need Christ to take over inside them to make them clean. Jesus is the cure for a rotten inside. Jesus is the one who can take control of our hearts.
Are you more concerned with your outward appearance than your inner health?
Father, Thank You for giving us a new heart. Thank You for saving us and changing us to become more like Jesus. Help us to be changed from the inside out. In Jesus’ name, Amen.