“…a time to embrace…” Ecclesiastes 3:5
The heart is a deceitful and willful organ that only God fully understands. He alone searches the depth of it and knows it completely.
Because of His great love for us, through grace He embraces our desperately sick hearts and heals them. The embrace from within reveals our bruises, loosens our tensions, and will either soften our heart to the Maker or harden it—both are the will of God and both demonstrate His power at work in us.
I am blessed when I experience this healing as He removes my heart which becomes hard with frustration, pride, anger, or cynicism. He throws it against the door of my closed my mind, making both into sand that is washed away by the blood of Christ that fills my new heart. It is then that I can choose to trust and love as He reveals to me the new creature He is forming.
Through unveiled eyes I see inside my heart where Christ resides and is always molding me. Embracing and kneading until I am pliable. Then, with gentle but willful pressure makes me into whomever He pleases—creating in me a clean heart and a renewed spirit that resides in the presence of God, joyfully.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
This clean heart beats wildly not in restless abandon but in hopeful freedom that comes only from a life that is created in Christ for the good work of revealing His glory to the world. I no longer squint to see people through my narrow lens but can see them through the Savior who brings all He chooses into the same body with the same heart.
I wonder if Jesus, through His passionate and grace-infused love for us sees us walking in harmony with the Spirit, all dancing to the beat of our own gift-filled drum making music in worship to the King.
John 6: 25-69 ESV “…so the Jews grumbled about him…vs. 41.”
Grumbling. Nothing more than cynical, sarcastic, willing skepticism. A refusal to accept the status quo or to advance in faith. The Jews had allowed a mindset to become so entrenched that when Jesus inserted understanding they had no room for it and it became to them a pinched nerve. The truth of the bread of life could have loosened their wrangled attitude freeing them to see their Savior and Provider. But instead it became a fiery impulse of disbelief, which intensified their grumbling into a murderous hatred and they, along with those who could not handle the taste and texture of perfect food, locked their lips and turned away.
“…so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. vs.57”
I love that Jesus refused to placate their contemptuous questioning. Instead, He scandalously defined His divinity by revealing the depth of His requirement for saving us. We will consume Him as He becomes to us, consumable. Christ in us. It is a hard saying and only those who have been granted a place at the table of Lord, can understand it. That is why so many walk away when the flesh and blood of Jesus causes in them holy heartburn. But Jesus does not leave us in this awkward digestive state. He gives us living water through the Spirit who quiets our discomforts, brings truth to doubt, answers to questions, and new life through His nourishment. Born again.
I resonate with Peter when he answered Jesus’ question to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
Yes Jesus, to whom shall I go.