Heart Transplant

A couple of weeks ago I was in a great worship meeting singing this lovely song by Michael W Smith:

This is my desire, to honour You
Lord, with all my heart I worship You
All I have within me, I give You praise
All that I adore is in You
 Lord, I give You my heart, I give You my soul
I live for You alone
Every breath that I take, every moment I’m awake
Lord, have Your way in me

As I worshipped, I began to pray, ‘Lord, I mean it. I want to give You my soul, give You my heart. What does that look like?’ I pictured myself kneeling at the feet of Jesus, and as I sang the chorus again, I reached inside my chest and pulled out my heart to give to him. It seems a crazy image, but there I was holding my heart in my hands, dripping with blood, offering it to Him. He took it from me so tenderly, so gently, as if it was the most precious thing to Him. And then the most incredible thing happened. He reached inside His chest and pulled His heart out. It was golden and dripping with glorious love. He reached right in to the space inside my chest and transplanted His own heart there. Oh my. His beautiful heart for mine. Such grace, such love, that He would trust me with His own heart.

This wonderful exchange is prophesied in Ezekiel 36:26

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you’.

This scripture is not speaking about some random new heart and spirit which God finds somewhere or creates to replace ours; it speaks about His intention to give us His very own heart, His very own Spirit.

Over and over in the New Testament we read about being filled with the Holy Spirit. We are encouraged to know that we are ‘filled with the fullness of God’ (Eph 3:19) and to consider our bodies as temples, dwelling places, of the Holy Spirit (1Cor 6:19). God Himself lives in us. The same Holy Spirit Who lived in Jesus while He was on the earth now lives in each of us. What a profound truth! What an indescribable privilege and honour that He should come to live in me, live His life through me.

I am challenged to live differently knowing this truth and asking to understand it more deeply. My life is not my own. He lives in and through me for His sake, and for the sake of others I encounter, not for mine. He doesn’t just give me His heart to make me feel better about life, although that does happen. Rees Howells, the great intercessor, had a radical revelation of this truth which resulted in his complete submission to the Person of the Holy Spirit living His life through Him. It meant that he lived in a way which didn’t make sense to others and which he often found personally difficult, but his life of intercession and breakthrough changed history.

So I’m on the journey to find out what it looks like when this song becomes my heart cry and the answer my reality. Will you join me?

Lord, I give You my heart, I give You my soul
I live for You alone
Every breath that I take, every moment I’m awake
Lord, have Your way in me