Is It Not About Our Hearts?
This upcoming High Holy Day depicts the future ingathering of God’s firstfruits. And in that, have we considered that all of us actually have heart problems to one degree or the other, which if not addressed can also lead to death ─ in this case we are speaking of the second death? And of course, we are speaking here of spiritual heart disease that really is with us, starting at birth. Now when we are running or performing some physical activity, we might suspect that we have a problem. But unless we go to a physician, like a cardiologist, we really may not know for sure. Even then, it is not always conclusive.
Our spiritual hearts are a bit different. God knows both, as our Creator, and we can be thankful of that point. He is capable of diagnosing our situation and providing what is needed to heal it as well.
Do we really know what is in our spiritual hearts? Many of us have been baptized for a number of years, and to be blunt, we may not be as sure we know our spiritual hearts as we once thought. Before and during baptism, repentance took place as we all recognized significant character weaknesses along with, admittedly, some character strengths that, we thought, offset those weaknesses. But time has passed, and just like one’s physical adherence to a doctor’s plan of approach, we have re-evaluated it ─ our revisions may not be as crisp as before. Today, let us examine our spiritual hearts for clarity as we move toward the Day of Pentecost.