We got up at 3:45 this morning. Right now we’re sitting in the surgery waiting room at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. My father-in-law is having heart-valve replacement and by-pass right now. In other words, his heart is getting a major overhaul.

We’ve been telling him that he is going to feel like a new man when this is over. He has struggled for a long time enduring angina, shortness of breath, and heart failure. His quality of life was severely limited by his worn-out heart. Something drastic needed to be done.

God uses the heart to illustrate a wonderful spiritual truth. The word “heart” in Scripture refers to our intellect, emotions, and passions. The core of who we are. Before we’re saved – before we enter into a relationship with Jesus – we have a “heart of stone.” Our spiritual hearts are cold, hard, and rebellious, unable to respond to God.

But when God saves us – when He gives us new spiritual life – He also gives us new hearts. He  removes our dead, unresponsive hearts and replaces them with a “heart of flesh.” This new heart is soft and pliable in God’s hands.

When today’s surgery is over, Wayne’s dad will essentially have a “new” heart – completely overhauled. His life will be drastically different. Has your spiritual heart been overhauled? Has God replaced your heart of stone with a heart of flesh? Is it time for a little surgery?

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26

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