The heart of Jesus was pure. He was adored by thousands yet did not seek celebrity status. He was content to live a simple life. He was cared for by women (Luke 8:1-3) yet did not have lustful thoughts. Attacked by man but willing to forgive before he was asked to show mercy.
Jesus’ heart was peaceful. The disciples freaked out over the need to feed the thousands, but not Jesus. He thanked God for the problem and saw it as an opportunity to glorify God. The disciples were fearful when the storm came, Jesus slept through it. Peter pulled out his sword to fight the soldiers who came to arrest Jesus. Jesus lifted his hand to heal. When his disciples abandoned him, did he pout and go home? When Peter denied him, was he angry?When the soldiers spit in his face, did he breathe fire in theirs? He refused to be giuded by vengeance.
Sometimes my heart seems so far from his. He is peaceful, I feel stressed. He lived on purpose; I feel distracted. He is pleasant; I am cranky. He forgives; I remember people who have hurt me. He trusts God with the future; I worry about my children. He is focused on heaven; I am focused on things of this earth.
At times the distance between his heart and my heart seem so immense. I asked him, will I ever have your heart? He replied…you already do. If you have prayed to accept Me as Savior and Lord of your life you have my heart. I have made your heart my home. (Gal. 2:20) Yes, I believe this. But why do I sometimes feel so much like the old me? Why do I feel stress? Why do I still get angry? Why do I doubt his promises for us?
Spiritual Transformation is a promise. My heart can feel carnal when I have gone several nights without adequate sleep, not enough time with God, prayer or the Word, if I don’t keep short accounts with God and others or if I am not taking a Sabbath.
God rewards those who seek him. Not those who seek doctrine, religion or systems. Many settle for this but the greatest reward goes to those who settle for nothing less than Jesus himself. What is that reward? His heart for my heart. “And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him.” (2 Cor. 3:18 TLB)