Fill It Right, Boys And Girls
Read Romans Chapter 10
Ro 10:10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
Ro 2:5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when His righteous judgment will be revealed.
In both the Old Testament and the New, the heart is often referred to as the deepest part of man’s spirituality. It is symbolized as being the most basic part of who a man is. If a man was a good man, he had a ‘good’ heart. If a man was wicked, he had a ‘bad’ heart. These two passages from Romans give us a summary of both aspects of the heart’s symbolic place in the spiritual world.
I have heard it said that mankind is born with a spiritual hole in his heart, and that hole can only be filled by an intimate relationship with God, through Christ the Savior. It makes sense. As we see in these Roman passages, man has two choices. He can either fill that hole with the belief and saving knowledge of Christ, or he can choose to become stubborn and unrepentant. By doing so, he stores up wrath upon himself for the Day of Judgment.
One of our granddaughters was born with a physical hole in her heart. When she was only a few days old, doctors put her to sleep and operated on her heart. As they carefully worked on her tiny, delicate heart, there was no room for error. That hole had to be filled, and the only correct way to fill it was to connect heart tissue to heart tissue. They could not take a piece of kidney flesh, insert it and sew it in, and expect the hole to be filled. Neither would a piece of liver have solved the life-threatening problem. Those kinds of tissue would have either been rejected by the surrounding heart tissue, or they would have failed to function as heart muscle. Death would have been the result.
The same is so very true with the spiritual heart muscle. That hole in our hearts can be filled with only one thing; heart tissue. Our Lord created mankind with a perfectly formed spiritual heart, but man created a hole in it when he sinned. That hole can only be filled by the One who created the heart in the beginning.
It cannot be filled with porn, lust, same-sex actions, food, drugs, alcohol, or any of the other types of ‘fillings’ that man has designed or sought after. Whatever materials that mankind attempts to use in filling that hole will slowly or suddenly break away and once again expose that empty, useless vacancy of the heart.
Ultimately, the results of mankind’s futile attempts at repair or ‘filling’ with other things will lead to spiritual death, just as our granddaughter would have suffered physical death. Paul so aptly described the process; “because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart,” the wrath of God’s righteous judgment will eventually be revealed.
Now is the time for each of us to quit trying to fill our empty hearts with unrighteous things. Our hearts will never be filled with that rubbish. Seek the Lord always, and wait on Him to fulfill His promises, no matter how long that takes.
Phil 3:7 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. 10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Prayer: We have tried long enough to fill our void with earthly, worthless things. We commit, or recommit, our lives to You and willingly wait for You to do the spiritual repairs which we need. It is our desire to discontinue placing faulty flesh into Your holy creation, believing that somehow that will work. We know it will not.