The Heart of Christ

wahabuWhile reading David’s Pratt’s book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream  I recalled an email a friend had sent me years ago. In it he said that his “passion in life is to seek the heart of Christ”.  I can’t say anyone had ever said that to me before; albeit, I’ve read the phrase in religious books. Prominent Christian thinkers down through the ages wrote about it — St. Paul, Augustine, and Thomas Merton to mention a few. David Pratt’s book is all about it. I’ve heard preachers talk about it, usually in esoteric terms requiring more effort to grasp than I was willing to give at the time.  “The heart of Christ” — what exactly does that mean?   Is it a meaningless clique?  Is it more?  Can mere mortals actually have the “heart of Christ”?

I’ve come to the conclusion that to have the heart of Christ is not technically possible on earth. To have it would require perfection. Paul tells us that only comes in heaven. However, I’m just as sure that we can come reasonably close. I am confident that “reasonably close” is what all of these men meant when they wrote about the “heart of Christ”.

For me to have the “heart of Christ”, I must strive for a Jesus style of personal unselfishness and devotion to God. I must become “others focused and God focused” instead of “me focused”. The implications for my life, if I should actually flip-flop that setting, are enormous. Am I willing to let others go before me? What about my plans and priorities?  They will have to come second, third or even further down the chain.  To have the “heart of Christ” requires a radical compassion of a constant outpouring of one’s self to benefit others along with a primary  devotion to God. Without both our “Christianity” is not the Christianity that Jesus himself founded.  Every Christian I know starting with me is in violation of the very first commandment that the Lord God gave Moses. “You shall have no other gods before me”. Our very own wills have become the chief of an assortment of false gods that we daily worship ahead of the Writer of that direct command from on high.

It is like football. When I spend more time reading, thinking, talking and watching football than I do with God, I certainly do not have the heart of Christ and neither do you. For us to actually have Christ’s heart,  first and foremost, He would have to be the Lord of our lives. As long as He is playing second fiddle to any person, place, or thing He ain’t.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got quite a ways to go.

Something to Think About


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