January 19, 2016
A televised documentary recently reported a peculiar tendency among organ recipients to gradually adapt certain appetites or characteristics of their donors, even though they have never met them. One woman, who had no liking for dill pickles before, gradually found herself craving them about a year after she had received the organ of a donor once known by his friends for his strong appetite for – you guessed it – dill pickles. The same has been true with some who hated coffee (now liking it).
The prophet Ezekiel predicted a day when God would give His people “a new heart”. Listen to what the Lord says, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God” (Ezekiel 36: 26-28). We are living in that day! As of Pentecost we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us and our heart of stone has been replaced with a responsive heart that is in tune with Jesus.
Thus, you would expect that some of our likes and dislikes, interests and cravings might have changed. Perhaps the things of this world might have lost some of their luster. You might expect old, sinful longings to dissipate and to be replaced by a desire for worship and praise and God’s Word. Galatians 5: 22-23 indicates that our character, our actions, and our disposition should be changing. (Fruits of the Spirit)
My question this AM is a simple one. What are you craving? If you’re not desiring and seeking the things of the Lord, maybe you should start praying for a new heart and a new infilling of the Holy Spirit.
Have a great week!
Tuesday Morning on the Run
Inspirational thoughts from Pastor Barry Lawson