Words from the Heart for Friday June 29th, 2018
I will give you new hearts. I will give you a new spirit that is faithful to me. I will remove your stubborn hearts from you. I will give you hearts that obey me.
Ezekiel 36:26 (NIRV)
The Creator God does not find it difficult to do new things. We need the work by His Spirit which He tells us about in this verse. This was spoken first to a nation of God’s people. It is now His longing and ability to do this for each of us.
Canada has a couple of new billionaires: Tobias Lutke and Michael Katchen. Lutke founded the e-commerce platform Shopify, and Katchen started the robo-advisory Wealthsimple. Tobias Lutke’s personal net worth is estimated to have surpassed $1 billion with the company he founded back in 2006 now valued at 12 billion dollars. And it doesn’t look like he is in danger of failure. Shopify’s value is up 120% this year. After launching in 2014, Michael Katchen’s firm has quickly grown to manage more than $1.9 billion in assets from roughly 65,000 investors.
It doesn’t take long after a baby is born to notice his or her selfish nature. The first time they get hungry, the crying starts. They want to eat and it doesn’t matter what your plans are, or what you are currently doing, they want their needs met and they want them met now! We are by nature selfish people and while we learn how to control our selfish desires, they will still become evident if someone pushes the right button. Can anything be done? God gives us a great promise in Ezekiel 36:26, “I will give you new hearts. I will give you a new spirit that is faithful to me. I will remove your stubborn hearts from you. I will give you hearts that obey me.” Notice that God doesn’t promise just to tweak our nature. He promises to give us a whole new heart. And He does. When Jesus becomes your Saviour, He gives you a love for others, and for Him. And in serving Him and others, setting aside your own desires, you find great joy and great satisfaction. Who is God calling you to serve today?
These have been words from the heart.