A special message to sons – male and female.
Son, give me your heart.
The heart: kick-starter, governor general of the human body; passing blood and taking it back from every part; once ceased renders the body deceased.
The heart: the seat of emotions, the core of the soul; spreading love when needed, receiving it always.
The heart: the center of the spirit of a man; have your heart right and you will act right.
The wise King, the loving Father makes a request to His son. He says to him:
My son, give me your heart…
What exactly does He seek in requesting for the heart you may ask? The physical heart grants the first cue.
The brain could be the most complex organ in the body; it could do all the thinking, analyzing, triggering, but would lose its functionality once the heart loses its. And so would other parts of the body. The heart: the controller of our being; the helm of our lives’ ships. It lives, we live; it dies, we die. Give Him the helm of your ship, give Him your ship; give Him your heart, give Him your life. Let it be His, no longer yours. What makes your heart beat faster? What excites you? What slows down the beating of your heart? What distresses you? What makes your heart faint? What worries you? What brings you pain? What brings it alive? What are your joys? My son, give me your heart.
The heart: where love resides. Whom do you love so dear? Who resides in your heart: your brother, sister, father, mother, child, best friend, spouse, lover? Give me your heart. I’ll decide if he/she’s worth the love or how much of it he/she is worth. What do you desire so much: money, your career, business, pride, ego, beauty, fun, glamour, music, sex, gadgets, toys, possessions? Hand them over, I’ll organize the love aright.
The heart: the center of the spirit. Is your spirit heart pure? You can’t tell? Can’t see it? It’s easy: your thoughts, words and actions are products of your heart’s activity. Now, again, is your spirit heart pure, is it right? No? Well I am pure. Give me your heart. Let’s see what I can make of it.
You are a son (are you?), you know what the Father desires, and you know the King’s commands but find it hard to keep up with. Give Him your heart; the rest will be sorted out.
Here’s a verse from a song “Dear Heart” by Sanctus Real. It rightly depicts the effect our hearts have on us:
Dear heart, do you belong to me or do I belong to you?
Just look at all these troubles you’ve dragged me into.
I’ve heard it said to follow your heart,
But I’m starting to wonder if it’s gone too far.
Oh Heart, you’ve let me down,
Chasing love where it can’t be found
Heart, we’ve fallen out,
‘Cause all of your emotions have led me to doubt
Tell me who’s gonna save us now?
This entirely reflects the helplessness we share as sons with our hearts in our hands. Due to our sonship, and not just a member of the crowd in the King’s kingdom, we often know what to do, but our heart fails and carries our bodies along. In the end of the song, it says, “Only Jesus can save us now”.
Here are a few verses from scriptures about the heart:
“For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” – your actions reflect the state of your heart
“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God” – how about the impure in heart?
“Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” – see the absolute relevance of the heart? No wonder it’s always said to listen to your heart. But before you do…
“Apply your heart to instruction…” – then you can listen. And who’s the best instructor?
“And I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and I will give you a heart of flesh” – The promise to switch a dead heart, unresponsive to the Father’s will for a live, responsive one…if allowed.
“And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.” – All it takes is a little faith.
Dear child, quit struggling, allow me take your heart. I won’t leave a gaping hole; I’ll give you mine too. Let us switch your heart for mine. And let’s bring you to Life.
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