Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”
Romans 10:13, “Whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved”
His Eternal Word has much to say about the human heart! Proverbs 28:16 says, “He that trusts in his own heart is a fool: but whoever walks wisely, he shall be delivered”. Matthew 15:19, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies”. Hebrews 3:12, “Take heed, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God”, and Jeremiah 17:9 puts it this way, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? I submit to you that God, our Creator, knows and understands completely the human heart, because He is the one who created it!
Has a doctor ever allowed you to use his stethoscope and listen to your own heart? I have and it’s a rather strange experience to hear the steady rhythms of that organ which started to function even before we were born and will continue beating until we die. The story has been told about a nurse in a hospital pediatric ward. Often she would let her young patients listen to their own hearts. One day as she carefully positioned the stethoscope for a 4-year old named Steven, she said to him, “Listen. What do you suppose that is?” He tightened his eyebrows in deep thought and with a bright smile asked, “Is that Jesus knocking?” For a moment let’s forget about physiology and let Steven be our teacher. From the standpoint of our spiritual health and eternal destiny, he was right. Jesus Christ, the crucified Savior and the risen Lord of glory, is indeed knocking at the door of every human heart. For you see our heart is the very core of our being, the controlling center of decisions and choice (Revelation 3:20).
Let’s suppose you’re rushed to the hospital, where a physician examines you and informs you that you’re critically ill. He says you’ll die unless you have proper treatment. He then prescribes medicine and says, “If you will take this, I can assure you will absolutely get well.” Now, what should you do? Would you just lie on your sickbed and believe the doctor has diagnosed your illness correctly, and the prescription will make you well? No, that’s not enough. To live, you must take the medicine. My friend, it’s the same with salvation. You may believe everything the Bible says about Jesus Christ – that He died for your sins and rose from the dead; however, if you refuse to “take Him” – that is, to trust Him and His work on the cross on your behalf – you will be just as lost as if you had openly and blatantly denied Him.
Making it Personal:
The words in 1 John 2:22 may seem quite harsh, “Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ?” The truth is that knowing about Jesus isn’t the same as knowing Him. Saving faith, you see, is not simply acknowledging that certain facts about Christ are true. It’s reaching out to personally accept God’s remedy for sin. It is entrusting the destiny of your soul to Him for eternity. It is saying, “Save me, Lord Jesus. I believe that You can and will.” That’s “taking the medicine” – that’s receiving Jesus Christ! The questions then remain:
(1) Have you invited Jesus to become your Savior, forgiving your sins and cleansing your heart?
(2) Or, maybe your knowledge of Him is in your head but not in your heart?
(3) He’s knocking at the door of your heart, just waiting for you to let Him in!
(4) Will you this moment His Grace receive?
God broke into human history to offer us the gift of eternal life.