A FREE HEART TRANSPLANT
T. PIERCE BROWN
When I had heart by-pass surgery a few years ago my hospital and doctor bills were in excess of $50,000. If I needed a heart transplant now, it would probably cost closer to $100,000. God promised through Ezekiel, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you” (Ezekiel 36:26). Can you imagine having a new heart without cost or pain to you?
Every sinner needs a new heart. Jeremiah said in Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly corrupt: who can know it?” David seemed to understand this, for he cried in Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; And renew a right spirit within me.”
As with most operations, it involves several things. First, you must put your trust in the Great Physician. If you are not willing to commit yourself and your whole life into His hands, the operation cannot be done. Although He performs the operation freely by His grace, you must follow His directions. You simply have no hope of curing the diseased heart by your own efforts, or by following the prescriptions of the Doctors of Divinity.
Second, you must determine to give up the things that made you need a new heart and made it so corrupt. There are many who assume that if they give up the bad things, they will not need the operation, but it is not so. You cannot cure yourself either by giving up bad or doing good. It must be through faith in the operation of the Physician (Colossians2:12).
Third, you are expected to be willing to openly confess your faith in Him, and be placed in the hospital where all His patients are cared for (Acts2:47). Fourth, you must demonstrate such a trust in the Great Physician that in a very special way you become united with Him. As your whole life was immersed in and controlled by the corruption of your heart, you must now be immersed into the life and purpose of the Physician. In a sense, you actually die, for your old heart stops beating, and you arise with a new heart, a new purpose, a new life (Romans 6:4).
You can now love the unlovable, and all the things that you did wrong because of a diseased heart are changed. You still think in your heart (Matthew 9:4), but it is no longer evil. You still love with the heart (Matthew23:37), but it is now God and not the world that you love (1 John2:15). Instead of being centered on self, it is centered on Christ. Do you need a new heart? Remember that the operation is free, but you must accept it on the terms offered.