Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. (1Corinthians 2:9) Try to imagine the unimaginable. Try to imagine what God has prepared for you. It’s impossible without the Spirit of God.
I doubt that the disciples could have imagined God would so drastically change their hearts before the Holy Spirit was given to them. It had to have been beyond their wildest dreams that they would experience God the way their Lord Jesus had experienced the Father. Certainly, it was beyond their ability to conceive that they would have the power to truly carry out the commands of Christ. But it happened!
There is no greater power than that of being obedient to Christ. If all of us who claim Christ, could master even a few of the principles Jesus revealed to us in Matthew five, six, and seven, we’d change the world! It wouldn’t be long before everyone would notice how healthy and functional the church would be. Can you imagine it? Think of just the Christians you know. What if they all, along with you and me, began to forgive or turn the other cheek. Imagine if we just stopped criticizing others altogether.
It’s hard to imagine because you and I have never seen it. But look with me for a moment into the Spirit and see what the God of creation could do if we just made room for him in our hearts. He would remove malice and add forgiveness. He would revel in subtracting jealousy and adding joy. And He would demolish our masterfully disguised hatred and fill us until the love of Christ gushed freely.
We know we can’t change anyone else, but if we open ourselves to God, He can change us. If you’ve read this far, maybe you’ll join me in a challenge to see what God will do in your soul beginning right now. Just ask, “Father, I’m making room for you. Please prompt me just before I say something negative about someone else or when someone wrongs me, help me to immediately forgive them before they even ask or whether they ask at all.” I don’t know what your particular thing is, but God does, and He will transform you quickly as you give your heart, mind, and soul to Him wholly. (Jesus) is safe. To which Mr. Beaver replies, “Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good.” Are you willing to risk safety for goodness? In this week’s movie illustration, “Saving Private Ryan”, we see this scenario play out in the movie. But what will you do?
Will you leave your safe way of thinking and pursue your heart’s desire? You might wonder, “what is my heart’s desire?” There’s one way to find out. Follow Him. He will lead you into the unknown and there, you will most certainly discover what you desire in your heart of hearts!