Sunday, April 4, 2010
our hearts - our heads
Jesus said, ‘… out of your innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ Ezekiel talks about this very living water and that wherever this water flows, there will be healing - no matter how low the lowest place nor how stagnant and dead.
This hope - this promise - this incredible life - this healing and restoration - now ours. All because of the birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus! Forgive me, but I cannot just consider the one aspect of Easter - I must consider the Incarnation in it’s entirety. The Incarnation in His entirety.
The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.
Listen to this from our dear brother who is and has been seeing Him as He is for many years now - Andrew Murray [the italics are his]:
“I think some of us are beginning to see what has been our great mistake. We have thought and spoken great things of what Christ did on the Cross, and does on the Throne, as Covenant Surety. And we have stopped there. But we have not expected Him to do great things in our hearts. And yet it is there, in our heart, that the consummation takes place of the work on the Cross and the Throne; in the heart the New Covenant has its full triumph; the Surety is to be known not by what the mind can think of Him in heaven, but by what he does to make Himself known in the heart. There is the place where His love triumphs and is enthroned. Let us with the heart believe and receive Him as the Covenant Surety. Let us, with every desire we entertain in connection with it, with every duty it calls us to, with every promise it holds out, look to Jesus, under God's oath the Surety of the Covenant. Let us believe that by the Holy Spirit the heart is His home and His throne. Let us, if we have not done it yet, in a definite act of faith, throw ourselves utterly on Him, for the whole of the New Covenant life and walk. No surety was ever so faithful to his undertaking as Jesus will be to His on our behalf, in our hearts.”
He has deposited His love - His agape - into our hearts. The very living, healing, transforming water of His love into our hearts. In the Old Testament, we are told our hearts are deceitful and wicked. Yes, they were - before Jesus entered in - but now ,we - because of the Incarnation - have been given the power and right to become His children - with new hearts.
Many of us have heard over the years that we have to get what is in our heads down into our hearts.
Perhaps we have it backwards.
Perhaps we need the power of - the living water of - the love of God to get from our hearts into our heads. We need the love of God to flow up from and out of our new hearts in order that our twisted, mal-informed thinking and knowing - call it our stinkin' thinkin' - might be overwhelmed and healed and transformed.
'... be changed - be transfigured - be transformed by the renovation, restoration and complete changing of your minds... that you may know Him.' [ my very loose version of Romans 12.2]
His love is copiously dispersed in our hearts because of Easter - because of the Incarnation. All because of Him - because He loves us - because of all He did and does that we might be included within His fellowship with Father in the power of the Holy Spirit.
It does not get any better than this!