DAY SEVEN of ADVENT

I am so amazed these days at what doctors can do for us humans.  They can take out body parts, give us new body parts; give us new bones – such as hip and knee replacements; insert pace makers that keep our hearts beating regularly, and perform surgery without even cutting us open.  It’s truly fascinating and miraculous!  However, there is one thing that doctors or scientists cannot do – They cannot change our hearts from stone into a heart of love.

The prophet Ezekiel is told by God to go and tell His people, “A new heart I will give you, and anew spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh…and you shall be my people, and I will be your God” (vv.26; 28).  For me, this begs the question:  Why would God do this?

I believe it is for the same reason we go to the doctor to receive new body parts or take out the ones that aren’t good anymore.  Just yesterday, a parishioner had her gall bladder taken out.  It literally had gone bad!  Fortunately, we can live just fine without one.  However, for the same reason we need God to give us a new heart and a new spirit so that we can live! – Not just live longer, but live forever!!

The real truth is that eventually our bodies will give out and there will be nothing the doctors can do to stop the deterioration.  However, with our “new hearts and a new spirit,” we belong to God – We are His people! Giving your life to our Lord Jesus Christ is a new beginning into your eternal life that starts right now!  The Good News?  You don’t have to wait for your body to deteriorate to experience the Love of Christ in your heart!

About pastorterrihttps://pastorterri.wordpress.comI serve as the pastor at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Augusta, GA.

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