My husband’s brother-in-law’s family passed a defective heart to many of its sons, him included. As time passed his defective heart weakened to the point the only remedy would be a new heart. In the beginning of time God created us with a perfect heart both physically and spiritually.
“So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God created he him;
male and female created he them…
And God saw every thing that he had made
and, behold, it was very good…”
God created us with a heart built for him. He filled it with his love, his glory, his image. He created us with his power to love as he loves, exercise wisdom through knowledge, reflect his glory in living. God sanctioned his creation with the words, “very good.”
It was very good until the man and woman God made in his image chose to believe he wasn’t very good. At that moment the glory of God – the light of life the Lord created within them – departed their hearts, leaving them with an empty hole.
“All things were made by him;
and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”
An empty heart does not remain empty long. It hungers to be satisfied, filled with something. A new image- the image of the creature- now occupied the heart once filled with the Creator’s image.
“In the day that God created man,
in the likeness of God made he him;
Male and female created he them; and blessed them,
and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son
in his own likeness, after his image…”
From that point on every person born carried the heart defect of Adam.
“Wherefore, as by one man
sin entered into the world, and death by sin;
and so death passed upon all men,
for that all have sinned: “
With God’s glory departed from our hearts our love is flawed, our wisdom is foolish, and our life ends in death. God revealed the symptoms of a heart devoid of his glory.
What God once deemed very good he now saw –
“that the wickedness of man was great in the earth,
and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart
was only evil continually.”
What he saw, “grieved him at his heart.”
Adam and Eve’s disobedience opened the heart once filled with God’s goodness to all the evil of Satan. It sounds hopeless but there is a cure for the defective heart.
My brother-in-law received his heart transplant when doctors first started practicing the procedure. It gave him a new heart one that extended his life for around 20 years – 20 good years. But the best transplant didn’t come from the doctors. His best and most needed one came before the physical one. It’s the one God performs and offers to all who seek a right heart with him – the one he originally created us with.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God;
and renew a right spirit within me.”
God answers that prayer with his promise.
“And a new heart also will I give you,
and a new spirit will I put within you:
and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh,
and I will give you an heart of flesh.
And I will put my spirit within you,
and cause you to walk in my statutes,
and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.”
He restores us to whom he created us to be by giving us a new heart filled with his Spirit.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ,
he is a new creature;
old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new…
I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live; yet not I,
but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by the faith of the Son of God,
who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20
We have been recreated with a new heart filled with God’s purpose and glory.
“For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus unto good works,
which God hath before ordained
that we should walk in them.”
There is the defective heart every person is born with and will die with if a new heart isn’t received through Christ Jesus. In the new heart he restores his love, power and glory in us. Here we find life.
Which heart are you living with?