Matthew 5:21 – Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry, He established this principle of the heart. He was raising the bar for His covenant people Israel far beyond what they had ever learned from their religious leaders. Their religious leaders perverted the Law of Moses, and put heavy burdens on the people. Jesus came to free us from heavy burdens and give us His heart through the power of His Holy Spirit. A heart to obey God’s law, but with liberation power that causes the motives to be pure and not self-seeking.
Our heart is a tricky area to handle. In the natural man, the heart is deceptive and impossible to know (Jeremiah 17:9). In Christ, we are to receive the heart of God. Our heart is tied to our emotions so it can change quickly. We can choose to harden our heart against a person or situation, as many do. We can choose to allow our heart to be softened and touched by God’s compassion, reaching out to people when in the natural we would not do so.
The disciples were discussing the problem that they had no bread. Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet see nor understand? Do you have a hardened heart” (Mark 8:17-18)? Earlier in Mark 7:21-22 Jesus told His disciples, “that from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness.”
In Christ, our hearts are being transformed. “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18). “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, forgiving each other” (Colossians 3:12-13).
As you can see, we are being transformed. The work is complete in Christ, but being worked out in us. Our part is very important. Through the Holy Spirit we must access the heart of Christ so His heart can be operating in and through us. “Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end, while it is said, “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as when they provoked Me” (Hebrews 3:12-15).
Father, I want to hear Your voice. I receive the heart of Christ through the power of Your Holy Spirit.