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My Heart’s Desire

Posted: Sunday, July 26

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions &amp; Christian Education Pastor

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

2 Chronicles 17:1-18:34
Romans 9:25-10:13
Psalm 20:1-9
Proverbs 20:2-3 


Verse of the day:

Dear brothers and sisters, the longing of my heart and my prayer to God is for the people of Israel to be saved. (Romans 10:1)

What is the desire of your heart? Everyone has desires in life, usually quite intense. In a culture where fortune, fame, and pleasure have high value, what do you desire? Some want to be President. Some want to lead a large company. Some want money and will do just about anything to get it. Martin Luther King desired freedom for all. The Apostle Paul, formerly with a heart bent on the Church’s death now more than anything else, desires Israel, people apart from God, to be right with God.


Have you ever heard of Arland Dean Williams Jr.? This 46 year old man was a passenger aboard Air Florida Flight 90, which crashed on take-off in Washington, D.C. on January 13, 1982, killing 78 people. He was among the six people to initially survive the crash. His actions after the crash, handling the initial rescue efforts as a first responder, became a well-known example of extraordinary heroism, although it cost him his life. He did not know any of the other victims personally. In fact, his identity was not even known until sometime after the bodies were recovered.


In the words of one preacher: “His heroism was not rash. Aware that his own strength was fading, he deliberately handed hope (a lifeline) to someone else, and he did so repeatedly. On that cold and tragic day, Arland D. Williams Jr. exemplified one of the best attributes of human nature, specifically that some people are capable of doing "anything" for total strangers.”


His actions were amazing. He so wanted others to be saved that he was willing to give his own life to save them. It’s not known if he was a Christian, but he sure acted like one that day. He gave his life for others. You may not be called to give your life but are you willing to give your time to reach out with the hope of Jesus? What about your money? The Apostle Paul gave it all, even his life. Why? Because this was his heart’s desire.


If your heart is not where you wish it should be, ask God to change it. Ask Him to make your heart like His heart. He’ll answer that prayer. Your heart is the fuel behind every action in life.