Heart Matters

Do you have a favorite Christmas movie or TV Special? At our home we break out the Christmas DVD’s and as time permits we pop one in and enjoy being taken into a story; White Christmas, It’s A Wonderful Life, A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Carol, The Santa Clause, or The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Now you may have your favorites, but I find much of these Christmas stories take us on a journey of people making a change of heart. Like the Grinch…
“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
-Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
The Grinch had a heart change! The same with Ebenezer Scrooge as he choose to change from a stingy old man into generous kind man who was said to keep Christmas in his heart all year long.

The truth is Christmas is a matter of the heart!?! For our hearts, the seat of our being, the core of our soul, the center of our life has a problem. It’s a congenital heart defect we were born with.
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Our insidious, devious hearts tend to move us to be more Grinch and Scrooge like. Yet Jesus came to open up for us a choice, a choice to let Him change our heart.
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

This renewing of the mind (heart) is a choice to trust in Jesus, to choose to seek and learn about Him and choose to live life His way.
Colossians 3:1-2 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Seeking God’s kingdom is to seek and know Jesus and live life His way. See, it is when we set our hearts (minds) on Jesus that our heart and our lives change.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. 8 He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

What will your story be this Christmas? My challenge for you is to set your heart to know Jesus more and in small and big ways make choices to be like Him in kindness, generosity, love, forgiveness, care, and devotion to God…because the heart matters.

Seeking to set my heart on Jesus this Christmas with you,

Mike

PS This Christmas season we are continuing to seek Jesus and discover the light of hope found in Him as we walk through the Biblical story of Christmas. If you are not attending a church please feel free to join us or visit our web site for the Sunday messages. We also would like to extend an invitation to join us on Christmas Eve (December 24th) for a wonderful candlelight serve at either 4pm, 5:30pm, or 7pm. You can get information by clicking here.

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