The Hardened Heart

preciousmomentsheartbreakWhat Kind of Heart do you Have?

Hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in the world and can flash their bright colors, as well as hide them if needed. A hummingbirds heart is about 2.5% of their total body weight and is about the size of a pencil eraser. This makes the hummingbird’s heart in relative to it’s body, the largest heart in the animal kingdom. It can beat up to 1,260 times per minute while feeding or flying, 250 times per minute at rest. They are tiny little birds and their hearts beat at such a fast rate, if you were able to put your ear to its chest, it would be hard to recognize the heartbeat.

hummingbirdPatryA hummingbird is very ambitious. They are very fast, traveling at an average 25 miles per hour, with wingbeats, depending on the type of hummingbird, anywhere from 10-15 per second and up to 80 per second. To maintain such speedy and perpetual activity, the hummingbird’s heart must beat accordingly. All of this activity requires a hummingbird to eat almost constantly. They need to eat as many as 15 times an hour. They consume up to 8 times their body weight a day. They can starve to death in two hours, if they remain active. This kind of ambition comes with a price; they suffer more heart attacks, aneurysms and ruptures than any other living creature.

bluewhaleThe blue whale has the biggest heart in the world and weighs more than seven tons. A blue whale heart is the size of a Volkswagen Beetle and has to be large  enough to pump about 15,000 pints of blood as compared to about 8 pints in a human, through the enormous blue whale body. Its main blood vessel or aorta alone is large enough for a human to crawl through. When a blue whale is born it is twenty feet long and weighs four tons. It drinks a hundred gallons of milk from its mama every day and gains two hundred pounds a day for its first year.  A blue whale’s heart beats six times a minute.  This heart, the size of a Volkswagen Beetle, energizes this living thing which is a hundred feet long and has a tongue that can alone weigh the same as an elephant.  The average lifespan of a blue whale in the wild is 80 to 90 years.

What kind of heart do you have?  Does it beat to the tempo of songs of praise to God?   Or does it beat to the rhythm of your job, the ways of the world or the consistent aim to achieve personal possessions?  You can choose for your heart to beat slowly, like a blue whale and live 80 – 90 years by living a life by the word of God or you can live your life in the fast lane, the way the world wants you to live.  A life full of worry, regret and fear, with a pulse as fast as a hummingbird, and live just a few years.

Your Spiritual Heart

In the Scriptures, Matthew 13:1-23, the Lord Jesus is asking, what is your spiritual heart condition? My friend, although you may not be aware of what the condition is, we all have a spiritual heart condition. The word “heart”, of course, is the muscular organ that pumps the blood through the circulatory system, but it also means so much more. It’s also the central or innermost part of something and is often used in the Bible as an expression of affection and our standing before God. How are you in the sight of God? How is your heart? Is it beating slowly and to the tempo of songs of praise or is your heart hardened and in a fast rhythm trying keeping up to the beat of the world, filled with loathing , hatred and anger ?

When a spiritual heart is in good shape it’s filled with the life of God. It has a regular beat, and beats in time with God’s will and not in time with the world. A spiritual heart in good condition, has a blood flow that brings to it the oxygen of God’s everlasting life. We’re supported through the burdens of life by the power of God because He lives in our hearts. Our hearts of free of sin! Is your spiritual heart in good condition?

When our hearts are not right before God, we lose the fervor for life, we do not perform as we should. Our heart sometimes fail us and we are irregular in our beat and walk of life. Often, when our hearts are not right with God, it becomes hardened. It becomes more difficult for God to communicate His life to us because of the influence of sin and the flesh. As the Scripture says in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Do you want to accept the free gift of salvation?

Not only is there the problem of original sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, but the Bible says that we have learned sin in our lives. As we get older we begin to fall prey to sin more and more. We end up abusing our spiritual heart to such an extent that it becomes hard. The more we sin the harder our hearts get, and as time passes our problems have the tendency to become more difficult.

Softening the Hardened Heart

If our hearts have become hardened, we can ask God for the grace to soften our hearts. When we pray to our Lord and Savior, we can ask that our fearful, hardened hearts be healed so we are able to receive the love that God gives to us every day.

Our hearts can’t be softened overnight! We need to learn to put aside voices that threaten to squeeze out God’s voice, such as accusation, discouragement and shame. Voices that often catch our attention more easily than God’s Love and Grace.

Written By: Amy Cobb

I’m a Christian mother and wife. I think it’s very important to share the Word of God with others.

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