You’ve been in this for a while now. You’ve seen the miracles; the blind receiving sight, the deaf hearing. You’ve met people delivered from the hands of the enemy. You’ve even been on the receiving end of his providence. So did the disciples of Jesus.
Yet in Mark 8:17, Jesus asked a question that still reverberates today, “Are your hearts hardened?” If the twelve who lived, walked and talked with Jesus needed that warning, how much more us?
Jesus wasn’t referring to the physical heart when He spoke with His disciples. He was scanning their spiritual heart. Many know the heart as a living, beating organ that pumps life to the rest of the body because life is in the blood. It is the same in the spiritual – the heart affects our quality of life. Proverbs 4:23 reminds us to “keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life”. The hardened hearts of the disciples were unable to perceive, understand, see, hear and remember (Mark 8:17-18).
The word ‘heart’ is mentioned more than 500 times in the Bible. A study of the Hebrew translation of the word ‘heart’ reveals a deeper understanding. It refers to the innermost part, the sum of your total being. That is the heart that Jesus is interested in.
The Bible never talks about a good heart. No one is good except God. The Bible talks about a pure one (Ps 24:1-6, Matt 5:8). Being pure does not mean that we are sinless; a pure heart is clean, blameless and purified by fire (1 Pet 1:6-7). That happens when we are transparent, without hypocrisy and have an uncompromising desire to please Him.
The Physical, mirrored in the Spiritual
As established earlier, God often uses the physical to mirror the spiritual.
(For more insight on the physical and spiritual heart, watch the video of the sermon below)
If you are here and reading, I believe you’ve done some self-examination. How healthy is your heart? Allow the Holy Spirit to convict you and take action today!
“While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.”
God is still seeking for true worshipers (John 4:24). We can have a pure heart instead of a hardened one; it begins with a right response to Him.