“So that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.” Luke 2:35
This was spoken about Jesus at his consecration at the temple in Jerusalem. A man who had been promised to see the Lord, before he died, was prophesying about Jesus and the life He would live and the lives He would change. He would see straight through to the heart of men.
I know that this is true for my own life. Jesus has pierced me and seen through to the heart of me. He knows. He knows my thoughts and my hopes in life. He knows my sin as well as my love for Him. He convicted me, through His words, to follow Him in the first place.
And now His words are still doing the same thing they did two thousand years ago, they are convicting people’s hearts and minds. Some will turn to Him and accept Him, others will turn away. This is who Jesus is, either you love Him or hate Him. He spoke of this when He said that no one can serve two masters.
This is why the world is so upset with Christians, from bakers to pizza place owners to pastors that speak the truth. It is because the Word of God convicts us; it sees through to the very heart of us and tells us that we are wicked and dead.
The flip side to the coin, as it is in my case, the Word of God through convicting our hearts, causes change. His change brings life and peace to our lives. He brings comfort and hope that is beyond understanding; beyond belief, but it is true and He has been proven to be trustworthy.
So, in the end I thank God for His convicting Word. I thank God, my heart has been changed. Mostly I thank God that I am alive and now I get to spread that same Word to others with the hope that they too will come to life, come to Jesus Christ.
God Bless and Merry Christmas,