What hides in our hearts …?

July 28, 2011

“It’s what comes out of a person that pollutes: obscenities, lusts, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, depravity, deceptive dealings, carousing, mean looks, slander, arrogance, foolishness — all these vomit from the heart. There is the source of your pollution.” Mark 7:20-23 The Message

Jesus doesn’t hold back when He describes just how deceitful .. diseased .. and damaged our hearts really are. We would like to “think” or “feel” that our hearts are basically and generally pretty well intended and overall leaning toward fairness .. kindness .. and humility. But we (you and I) are really capable of the worst things of life. It doesn’t have to leave our hearts for us to compile a list of hidden cancerous sin-lies that fester within. That list can lie dormant for years on end until something completely outside of our control sets it in motion beyond our ability to stop it or at least disguise it as being something not within me. But that doesn’t stop Jesus from reaching into the deepest and darkest places of our hearts and creating a new heart in exchange for the terminally diseased one we’ve carried around for years. You may even think that no one else sees what you’ve been carrying around .. but .. usually you discover that those closest to you sensed it or suffered alongside you for years hoping and praying that the Lord would heal the darkness and damage inside you. A former arrogant-hearted jew named Paul told a group of Christ-followers that they didn’t need to lie to each other anymore. They’re old lives were obsolete and their new lives were no longer made up of labels but defined by Christ. That’s true of every Christ-follower today. Jesus is the One who brings new things out of your new heart. And everyone who is in Christ is included in His grace-filled work. It’s why we shouldn’t be surprised when we see or hear of day-to-day pollutions pouring out of others. We know that we ourselves once committed some forgettable actions that God in His grace has washed clean from our hearts. (And sometimes we even slip up on old habits that we thought were gone.) Jesus is dressing you in a totally new wardrobe .. a wardrobe that is worn from the inside out. We’ve all got little items in our heart that we long to give to Jesus. He’s not only waiting but He’s more than willing to lift those obsolete fashions out of your heart. It only takes a moment …

“Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, inside and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ.” Colossians 3:10-11 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Grace-Fashioned followers of Jesus and friends of Priority One (ken@priorityone.org)

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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