Jesus healing a man with a withered hand on the day of Sabbath shows the extremity of a hardened heart. God incarnate, the fulfilled Messiah that God’s people had been anticipating for centuries is performing miracles and revealing truth and all the Pharisees could see is a broken law for Him doing it on the Sabbath. But that’s what happens when a heart is hardened. Let this be a warning for us concerning our own hearts. In fact, we just heard a sermon on Sunday concerning the importance of our hearts. Remember:
- Our hearts reveals our motives
- It’s where idols live in us
- It’s where the real you lives
- It’s the place where real life-change happens
We can’t afford to allow the very thing that is essential to not only our relationship with God but the outlet of life to become hardened. Like the Pharisees we will be blind to not only the things of God but His good and perfect will for our lives.
In verses 7-19, we see that when great, large crowds started following Jesus, he chose a select few to reveal Himself to and use for His purposes. This is similar to what we see today. Many people, in large groups will maybe start following Jesus to see what He can do for them and to see what the initial fuss is about. But in the end only a select few will truly have FAITH that He is who He said he was or count the cost to follow Him completely. This is why 10 of the 12 disciples were martyred for their faith. However, Jesus was worth it.
- How is your heart right now? Is it in danger of being hardened by Satan to ignore or be blind to God’s good works?
- Are you following Jesus for the right reasons or do you sort of follow the crowd? Are you only excited for things of Jesus when you see movement or large numbers following Him or like the disciples, are you willing to follow through the good and bad?
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor