Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Simply Jesus- Heart Vomit

Mark 7

Religion is about following a set of rules that make you look good to people. Christianity is about following Jesus and doing good to people.

Religion is hollow because although through hard work there is a short term change of behaviour it does not and can not last. Jesus is looking for a change of the heart. A change not enforced by determination to follow a list of do's and donts but a change at the very core of our being which dictates a change in our behaviour.

At the core of this is an understanding of how much we are loved by God and the lengths he went to connect to us. Love will make us do things that fear never will. Unless we have a change of heart we will vomit the list that Jesus gives us in v 21 - 22.

Thinking of this I am reminded of a song by Geoff Bullock:

You’re softening my heart

to the knowledge of Your love

And opening my eyes, Your light the way

To love You. Words alone cannot express

All the hope that You have placed within me
in between each heartbeat, Lord I surrender

You gently pick me up, wash me with Your love
And opening my ears You speak the word
Healing, releasing all the hurts and fears
By the hope that You have placed within me
in between each heartbeat, Lord I surrender

I surrender to You
I surrender to You
Everything I am and ever hope to be

I surrender to You

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