1996-11-07 - The Greatest Miracle of All?
I would like to piggyback on what David said this week about God giving us new hearts. You know, our God, the only Living, True God, can do ANYthing. He can part the Red Sea. He can create from nothing, a universe. He can raise people from the dead. But to me, the most awesome miracle of all is that He can replace our old heart, which is cold toward Him, with a new one:
Ezek 11:19-20 (NIV) I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. 20 Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.
Think about it. There are probably some people in your life that you think "Oh he (or she) will NEVER change. No way." or something like that. But it CAN happen! God took a man whose mission was to persecute the Christian church, and made a great apostle out of Him, Paul -- who not only led an exemplary life, but also gave us so many of our New Testament books. He took an intellectual Chuck Colson, who was involved in criminal activity, and gave him a softened and humbled heart, with a true love of prisoners. And yes, He has given me a new heart, too. He replaced the anger I used to feel toward some difficult people, and gave me in return, peace, understanding, and love for them. So don't give up on ANYone. As David said, nurture personal relationships that earn you. The right to share the Gospel with them. That cliche is true, which says "People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care." Folks, the message we carry is urgent. People's eternal destinies are at stake. Remember, those difficult people are people God created, people Christ died for. Keep your Christian walk consistent around non-believers. Show them you care. Another true but cliche I ask you to ponder with me: "You are the only Bible some people ever read."
Dear Lord, please help us to better represent your Son to the people around us. Use us to bring people into Your kingdom. In Jesus' name amen.