GodReflection: It’s Jesus Friday
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God—For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Jesus
I have two hearts. Both are vital organs. One keeps my body alive while on my earthly walk. The other keeps my soul alive in the present and in the eternal. It is my most vital organ—my eternal heart.
The one thing I want to get right is my eternal heart.
I get distracted in trying to please God by my actions when I do religion. I continue to discover that religion has little to do with God’s primary concern of a pliable heart submitted to Him. Religion easily becomes ritual.
I own a copy of the New Testament that I received from my parents most likely before I could read. I own an old King James Bible that took me through my growing up years. In college, I learned other versions than King James existed. I now read various translations of Scripture.
However, my understanding will always be limited as I try to understand eternal God.
I will never conquer the entirety of my Bible.
Thankfully, Jesus tells me the sum of the entire Bible is two commandments. I only have to get two things right.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.
The heart flow is what pleases the Holy.
I am impressed with Jesus’ heart concerns and connections described in the Gospels. One touching scene was the funeral procession led by the heart broken widow of Nain. She grieved the loss of her only son. I too have both witnessed and felt her inexpressible sorrow. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”
I serve a Jesus whose heart is tender toward humanity. Jesus makes my heart the connection between the heart of the Holy and the heart of my neighbor.
It will also keep me from perpetuating the religion of rules and regulations. It’s not about my accurate comprehension of all details in Scripture. It’s not about a worship formula.
It’s about the heart.
Aligned with the heart of Jesus my obedience will follow. It’s about heart.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on Jesus and Heart.