“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 35:26
Transformed. Truly I can think of few words that carry such hope and a sense of renewal. As God would have it, this is exactly what He offers believers. Only an all powerful God can take a heart that is hardened as stone and make it alive again in Him such that it can love God. This is regeneration, this is hope, this is authentic transformation.
There are many attitudes of a transformed heart, but today I just wanted to share three that captivated my attention. The first is that…
- A transformed heart trusts in the Lord and acknowledges Him in all ways
Scripture tell us this in Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” This attitude is foundational since the wisdom of God is not the wisdom of man. A Christian must not be divided in loyalties between this world and the ways of God. We must make the Lord our sole master and trust Him in all things. If you’re like me, you are thinking this is easier said than done! 🙂 Thankfully God is more concerned about this process than our perfection in this journey. He IS our perfection, we just need to be obedient.
2. A transformed heart will seek God fully and earnestly
“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13. John Calvin exhorts in his commentary that “There is still a hope set before those who have been long torpid in their sins, that if they at length come, though late, they shall still come in time, for God will hear them. But the exception ought to be carefully observed, that God will not be intreated, except he is sought with the whole heart, that is, in sincerity.” This is a beautiful and encouraging truth from God’s Word! What love that will not let us go… even when we have drifted like lost sheep the Great Shepherd will lovingly take us back into the fold if we seek Him with sincerity when He calls us.
3. A transformed heart is completely thankful to the Lord
G.K. Chesterton wisely stated that “When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” A grateful, thankful heart sees what God is doing in the pain, in the waiting, and in the happy moments. A thankful heart knows that all these things are gifts from God’s grace. “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 9:1
Heart transformation is a process and trusting God in the difficult journey is our calling. If you are a believer, He is already transforming you. Often we cannot readily see how He is doing this, but with just a little circumspection, we can see the small footsteps we have taken as we have followed our Lord. Those footsteps of our past are the promise of His kindness for our future.
Soli Deo Gloria!🌷