“Barnabas…Who, when he came,
and had seen the grace of God,
was glad, and exhorted them all,
that with purpose of heart
they would cleave unto the Lord.”
Frank lived with a new heart, a strong healthy heart. It added good years to a life well-lived. His new heart gave him power to enjoy days. It gave him a new purpose and perspective. The best I can remember, one day with tears filling his eyes he explained, “I’m living for what is important. We only have a little time to love our families. I want to make the most of it.” And he did.
When followers of Christ receive the new heart we spoke of in our previous post, we receive those things Frank found with his new physical heart – his gift of life.
We receive power to live a new way.
“But God be thanked,
that ye were the servants of sin,
but ye have obeyed from the heart
that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Being then made free from sin,
ye became the servants of righteousness…
For when ye were the servants of sin,
ye were free from righteousness.”
The power of Christ in our new heart gives us the victory over sin. We are deemed righteous and have been given the power to live it out.
We gain a new purpose with our new life. It’s fulfilled by determining in our heart to cleave to the Lord.
“O God, my heart is fixed;
I will sing and give praise,
even with my glory.”
As Daniel and his three friends stood firm in Babylon, may we stand firm in our resolve.
“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat…
be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” Daniel 1:8; 3:18
May we determine, fix, stand firm to cleave to the Lord and bring him glory.
“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you,
ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Herein is my Father glorified,
that ye bear much fruit;
so shall ye be my disciples.
As the Father hath loved me,
so have I loved you, continue ye in my love.”
Our purpose is wrapped in a new perspective. We see the eternal rather than the temporary and know our lives have meaning.
“Labour not for the meat which perisheth,
but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life,
which the Son of man shall give unto you:
for him hath God the Father sealed…
Therefore my beloved brethren,
be ye stedfast, unmoveable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
John 6:27; 1Corinthians 15:58
We have reason to labor. There is reward. Frank went through much to get his new heart. He reaped the reward and enjoyed it for a time. Another had to die to give Frank new life. Christ died to give us new life, eternal life. Our reward is now and forever as we live in his power, steadfast in his purpose, and with an eternal perspective.
How has your life in Christ impacted the way you live and see the world?