28:27 “For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.”
Acts 28:27 (NIV)
A friend of mine got a pedicure recently and loved it. He’s a professional basketball player and his feet danced with joy at all the trimming, conditioning and extra attention. It’s understandable. Too much callus build up is detrimental.
The same applies with our hearts. We can get a lot of build up there at the core and centerpiece of who we are. Pains like failure, disappointment, emptiness, guilt and shame form the calluses. Our indifference and quiet rebellion contribute too.
Callused hearts cause problems. The Bible says that this condition impairs our spiritual sight and hearing. In fact, it leads to a blindness and deafness that can get us in big trouble. An “angiocure,” a pedicure for the heart, is needed. Plain and simple.
An “angiocure” does the following:
RUBS OFF SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS: This buildup convinces us that we can earn acceptable status before God. That’s the futile game we play, thinking we can convince Him that we are good enough. It doesn’t die easily. The buildup grows fast. A “good enough on our own” idea has gotta go.
TRIMS SPIRITUAL PRIDE: This kind of pride doesn’t allow us to humbly receive or extend grace and mercy. Without a trim here, we face possible spiritual amputation, separation from God and collapsed relationships with others too.
OPENS OUR EYES: We see God, others and self as we ought when our hearts are right. Everything brightens. We see the dots in life truly connecting.
OPENS OUR EARS: We hear truth and receive wisdom and understanding when our hearts are right. It clicks like never before, and we run with new confidence and freedom.
God gives angiocures that are terrific. And free! We get them whenever we repent, turn to Him, honor Him in worship and obedience to His Word, make much of Jesus, and walk humbly with His Spirit. An automatically better heart awaits.
Reflect: How’s your heart? Too many calluses?What can you do today to give your heart a “pedicure” or help another person get heart-healthy? Have you ever memorized Jeremiah 9:23,24?
A prayer to consider: O, Father, fix my heart. Reset it today. Rid me of my heart calluses. I can’t. You can. I want to see and hear as I ought and not miss a beat of your good coaching. Thank You for Your Son and Spirit who together perform such great surgery. Amen.