During our Easter Sunday worship service last year, I asked a question about Jesus’ bodily resurrection. Mainly, which system or organ in Jesus’ body do you think may have restarted first? Some of us thought it would have been an impulse from the endocrine system, or a spark from the brain, others thought of an awakening heartbeat.
Our hearts certainly get a lot of attention on medical and crime shows on television; doctors and police always seem to check for pulse rates as a sign of life. I think about my own heart a great deal. I’m well aware of an occasional speeding heart rate in stressful situations. I sometimes count my beats per minute as I’m falling asleep at night.
Of all the mentions of our hearts in Scripture, there is one that I find the most convicting/hopeful/ troubling/inspiring/joyful/disturbing and direct!
Recall Jesus’ words from Luke 6:43-45: “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”
Perhaps a cartoonist could illustrate that last sentence well!
If I were to count and analyze all of my words at the end of each day on a table before me, I would have an accurate picture as to the good or evil stored in my heart. Between assessing my words, listening to the Holy Spirit and re-visiting strengthening Bible passages, I have a very good spiritual cardiologist!
Was your heart healthy today? Just ask those who listen to you.
I love you all,