My husband and I are taking turns in choosing the books of the Bible we will read together as a couple. So Etching new we are doing this year. Now we are finding ourselves in second Corinthians and this book is loaded with awesomeness! I have recently received a new Bible as a gift and it comes in the New Translation. 2 Corinthians 3:3 says “words of Christ are carved on our hearts”. The Greek word for “carved” is ” eggrapho” meaning carved or engraved. This very same word “eggrapho” is also used in Luke 10:20, “rejoice that your names are written (carved) in the Book of Life.” The nails on the cross carved my name in the book of life! Now THIS is the redemption story that is carved on my heart forever.
My heart is forever marked by his hands that were pierced for my sins. We can spend the decades carving our own idols to bow down to or we can spend decades allowing the Spirit of the Living God to carve the image of Christ himself on our hearts.
What is in the carving process in your life? Perhaps, our heart has been beaten and bruised by the storms of life and we no longer think it’s good for anything. We may feel like there is nothing left of our heart to even carve. You are not alone. David, a man after God’s own heart, had found himself in a snowball effect of his own sin. You know, the kind of season when one thing led to another and before he realized that he found himself in whirlwind reaping a disaster of his own choices. He comes to God in utter devastation and hopelessness; he feels like all is lost and his heart as well as his soul are in shambles. He cries out to God in Psalm 51, “wash me clean from my guilt! Create in me a pure heart, God “.
This word “create” in Hebrew is “bara” and it means to create something new out of nothing. It is the same word ” bara” we see in Genesis when God created the world out of nothing. Somebody out there today feels like they have gone too far and out-sinned God’s ability to restore and forgive. You may feel like your heart could no longer be repaired, you may feel like there is nothing left to carve or all hope is gone and the future is uncertain. I am here to tell you based on the authority of God’s Word (and He is not a liar!) as long as your heart is still beating in your chest cavity there is hope.
Would you allow Him to create a new heart just like David did? Allow Him to transform your bruised, devastated, broken, hopeless heart! God is quite the skilled cardiologist, you see. He knows what He is doing. Ezekiel 36:26 says, “and I (God ) will give you a new heart, I will put a new spirit in you. And I will take out your stony stubborn heart and give you a tender responsive heart.”
This year I celebrate my 25th anniversary since I received my heart transplant from God. I was ten years old. Most of my childhood I lived next-door to hell. My heart was broken, used, betrayed and devastated by the time I was 10 years old. Fear, worry, insecurity were my constant companions. I remember feeling deep loneliness and rejection since I was a little girl. I was in desperate need of someone I could trust; someone I could depend on. Jesus found me when I least expected. My brother led me to Christ. I invited God in my heart and He began a transformation in me since then.
Some wounds take longer to heal than others, some scar tissue can grow a callous patch on the heart and will need to be carved out of the heart. The word of God is a double edged sword and it is a great scalpel that our Great Physician is using to transform a bruised and devastated hearts. There is healing, comfort, correction, instruction, and encouragement that He placed in the Bible and all of those things are vital in our “heart-transplant” recovery.
The last 25 years of my journey with God don’t feel like long at all, but it’s the thrill of the journey that is priceless to me. So, today I will leave you with this question to ponder: will you spend the rest of your life carving out idols to bow down to or would you spend the rest of your life in complete surrender and become God’s letter to the world written not with ink and paper but a letter that has been carved on your own heart? Will you become a letter of hope to the hopeless? Will you become the voice in the desert? Will you become salt to the earth and light to the world? Let Him write your story.
I couldn’t have written a better story than the one he wrote for me. The enemy thought he had me ruined and disabled at the age of 10. I had no future, but God looked my enemy in the eyes and said, “this story will end with the powerful ending, you will be sorry you ever messed with her!” I don’t know what lies ahead of me, but I trust him to make something beautiful with this life of mine. He is in the process of carving out my heart daily to be a message to the rest of the world about His stubborn Love for us.
The heart transplant takes blood, sweat and tears. His blood, your sweat and tears of both. Stay with me for just few more seconds as I pray over you. “Father, I don’t know who is reading this and what season of life your precious child is walking through today, but Father, I pray that today will become a day of new beginnings. I pray for Your Holy Spirit to touch the broken and hopeless heart and speak love over it. I pray, Lord, that You would declare a year of favor over this person. I pray that You would speak Liberty over the captive and set the prisoner free. Let the great heart transplant process begin in someone who is in desperate need of a new heart. You, Lord, our Great physician, the Restorer of the broken hope and Rebuilder of broken dreams. It is in You we place our trust today! In the name of your precious, loving Son’s name I pray. Amen.