Everywhere I went in recent weeks there have been hearts galore. From the smallest corner grocery store to the mall, Valentine decorations prevailed. Advertisements spoke of gifts from the heart and the movie channels were full of romantic adventures.
I am grateful to have a sweet Valentine to share this day and my life with. But even more so I am glad that he and I share one heart, one life, one purpose. While we deeply love each other, our love and dedication to Jesus is paramount and guides our lives.
Some people are not that blessed. They have a loved one in their lives who doesn’t know Christ.
Such was the case with Lee Strobel, whose story is documented in The Case for Christ. His wife came to faith before he did. She used the words of Ezekiel 36:26 as part of her prayer for her husband – “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; i will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” She prayed that her husband’s heart would be changed and be opened to God’s saving grace.
This verse recognizes the fact that it is God who brings about the change in us. Our hearts are like stone without Him. With Him they are pliable like flesh and ready for what God has to give to us.
We are transformed in heart and mind through the saving work of Christ. How amazing. This is no trite little Valentine message. This is a life saving, life giving message. Our hearts must be right with God to have eternal life with Him in heaven.
The verse that follows (27) is significant as well – “And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow My decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” My study Bible note puts it well: “God bestows His Spirit to enable the human spirit to do His will.” What a wonderful gift He gives us. He provides us with a way to follow Him through the work of the Holy Spirit.
Valentine cards and decorations eventually deteriorate. But this heart/love message from God doesn’t. We have His firm promise that He will transform our hearts. What love!