When Your Heart's Been Replaced
Posted: Monday, December 5
Can you think back to your first encounter with Jesus? Maybe it was when you accepted Him as Savior, or from Grandma's stories, or perhaps through Christmas time. I've known about Jesus for as long as I have been alive, I was practically born in the church. I was the 4 year old repeating the prayers lead by my parents or Sunday School teachers. I was the 12 year old at the altar asking Jesus what he wanted me to do with my life. I was the 18 year old studying the Bible to get a clear definition of who Jesus was for myself. I have a personal relationship with Jesus that has been shaped by years of experiences, as most of you do as well.
Peter, one of Jesus' best friends, warns and encourages believers to keep away from anything that might take God's place in our hearts. Can that happen? How can someone's heart for God be replaced by something else, especially when they are passionately serving Jesus now? It's sad, but I've seen many who were excited and sincerely living their life dedicated to Jesus who have drifted. As weeks, months, or years went on and people, time, or things became more desirable, their relationship with Jesus deteriorated to a mere memory as if Jesus were an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend. Jesus became an awkward taboo. They have wonderful memories of their time with Jesus but it's moments stuck in the past. Their heart for Jesus has been replaced.
Often times, sin will lead us to the inability to have faith in God. We sin, life gets messy, and we feel as if we can't have God in our lives anymore. Either we don't want Him in our lives because of pride or guilt, or we fail to trust Him because trusting Him would mean true humility and genuine repentance. It's hard to own our faults, accept consequences, and become truly broken before a holy God and other people. That's why Peter warns us in Scripture to not let anything replace our heart for God. Once our hearts have been replaced, it's hard for us to return back to Jesus. To protect your heart and relationship with Jesus, make Him focal point everyday and stay clear from sin. If you want a fire to continue burning, fuel it. Protect your heart for Jesus so that it will never get replaced.