Opening Your Heart to God

heart_illustration_detailThere’s a natural rhythm to our beating hearts.

It’s an ordinary, life-giving thump-thump, thump-thump, thump-thump.  Steady, unfaltering until…well, until…something goes wrong.

Recently, my heart was marching to its own drummer.  I had an extra electrical node that, when activated, sent my heart rate into a tizzy.  That’s Southern for crazy, unfathomable, scary!

I had a heart problem.

Heart Mapping

During the noninvasive procedure, they placed numerous electromagnetic pads all over my body to aid with mapping my heart in 3D.  It allows the surgeon to pinpoint the problem and then zap it into never, Neverland. Wow, a three-dimensional map of my heart! They were able to see every square inch in living color!

I wonder.  Am I equally astounded by the fact that our Father God has been continually mapping my heart over the course of my Christian walk?  Am I delighted that He knows everything, every square millimeter, about my “heart” or does it freak me out a little bit?  Just how open is my heart to God?

I confess there are times when I hold back.  I’m sure there have been times when I close down especially when following my own heart without first consulting His.

I wonder.  Are His words truly written on the tablet of my heart? (Proverbs 3:3)  Does my heart reflect Jesus’ love to others?  Do I guard my heart against the ways of this world?  Do I trust in the Lord with all my heart, leaning not on my own understanding? (Proverbs 3:5)

Why is my heart so important to God?

I’ve wondered why the condition of my heart is so important to the Lord?  Perhaps because when asked, “which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it:  Love your neighbor as yourself.  (Matthew 22:36-39)

Obviously, my heart matters not just physically but spiritually.  My love (heart) for God and my love (heart) for others is significant. Why else would scripture hold so many precepts on its importance?  The acceptance of the living gospel is all about receiving a new heart…one that is God-centered and not self-centered.

God wants to pour out His love on us.  To receive that gift, our hearts must be open.

Oh, that I might be as the disciples of old when they claimed… “with my whole heart I have sought You, Lord.”   ~ Psalm 119:10

Be a blessing,

Bev

Author: Bev Santini

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