Seeds of Hope

Cherokee County Herald - - NEWS -

Fol­low­ing a hor­ri­ble ac­ci­dent, one of the vic­tims who was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion was mede­vaced to the emer­gency de­part­ment of a hos­pi­tal in a large met­ro­pol­i­tan city. As the staff was re­mov­ing his shirt, they no­ticed the name “Je­sus” tat­tooed across his chest in large red let­ters. Quite amazed the ER nurse said to the at­tend­ing physi­cian, “From the way he looks and how he’s dressed and his lack of clean­li­ness, I would as­sume that the name ‘Je­sus’ on his chest is only skin deep.”

If we who are Christ’s dis­ci­ples are to be worth­while wit­nesses of God’s Mes­sage, His name on us must be more than skin deep. It must be heart deep. Not only is His name to be on our lips but pen­e­trate every area of our lives. Not only should it come out of our mouths, but it should be ob­vi­ous in ev­ery­thing we do. The psalmist said, “But they would flat­ter Him with their mouths, ly­ing to Him with their tongues, their hearts were not loyal to His covenant.”

Per­haps we can un­der­stand what the psalmist was talk­ing about when we think of those who sing, “I Love to Tell the Story” but never wit­ness to any­one. Or, some­one who sings “Have Thine Own Way Lord” with ev­ery­one but me. Or, “Take My life and Let It Be” — yes, let it be right where it is — please don’t bother me. I’m too busy.

Un­for­tu­nately, the church has far too many mem­bers who say one thing with their mouths and an­other thing with their lives.

We need to “trans­plant” our hearts with His heart.

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