Intimacy of the Heart

“My heart is just not in it”.  Those words spoken by a friend who left the church and the ministry sunk deep.  Their impact is far more astounding than they may at first appear.  My friend was expressing his “felt” reason for choosing to walk away from his faith family (the church) and from his calling (the ministry).  Many of us can identify with the sentiment.  When we say our heart is not in something, we are saying we just do not have interest in continuing.  We simply quit.

May I suggest that the expression (my heart is not in it) reveals a much more serious reality?  The heart may be thought of as the center of our emotions.  To really love is to “love with all your heart”.  If our heart is not in something, we will not give it our best effort ever and we will soon not give any effort at all, unless our heart IS in it.

Consider one’s relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  In the Bible, we learn that the first and greatest commandment is to “love the Lord with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength” (Mark 12:30).  Is it mere coincidence that our heart is first on the list?

Let us also remember that the heart plays a key role in the Bible’s account of the implementation of God’s grace and salvation in our life.  Ephesians 2:8 tells us “it is by grace we are saved through faith”.  Romans 10:9-10 explain “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” (emphasis is mine).

Perhaps if my friend’s heart had been in it, he would still be serving God in ministry and still be actively engaged in fellowship with the body of Christ.  May God help us all to experience intimacy of the heart with our Heavenly Father!

~ by brotherfaron on July 15, 2017.

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