Acts 28:26-27 NIV “ ‘Go to this people and say, “You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.” For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’
What exactly does heartless mean? According to a Google search, heartless means “displaying a complete lack of feeling or consideration.” Several synonyms include: unconcerned, callous, stony-hearted, hard-hearted, and merciless. The scripture above explains that when people choose not to understand or really see what God is trying to show them, their hearts will become hardened. They have chosen to look the other way either because they feel the Truth is a lie, or they choose to live their lives in a manner they deem is acceptable. Just as the scripture was pointed towards the people who were considered God’s chosen, this still remains true for many that call themselves Christians.
If you would have asked me in my late teens early twenties, if I were a Christian, without hesitation I would have said yes. Unfortunately, my life did not resemble Christ at all. I had twisted the scriptures somehow and believed that I was a Christian though I did not talk to Him, read His word, and I was living a sinful life. If you’re habitually sinning, it does not reflect the character of Christ and you can not truly say you love Him if you choose to dishonor Him on a continual basis. I knew that God was real, but because I chose to live life the way I wanted to, I had began to harden my heart towards the truth…towards God. I started to become more and more insensitive to the things that broke God’s heart, to the sins I was entertaining…the same ones He had died on the cross for. I started taking advantage of grace instead of appreciating the grace He freely gives all of us. I would go to church off and on, but it was only out of obligation. The obligation did not come from God, it came from my own warped thinking. I thought that if I at least went to church, it would somehow keep me close to Christ. I played Russian roulette with my life in this manner for about 5 years. When I look back over those five years of my life, I see how I started to decline in every area of my life. I started pulling away from my family, I stopped attending church, I gained a lot of weight, I went from a person that loved to joke around to a person that was always serious, angry, or sad, I felt as if I had no purpose, and that I was old and time was quickly going away. I could not hear God clearly nor could I see him in my everyday life. I had completely turned my back towards Him. I had given control to my emotions and was a wreck almost everyday.
That is one example of what a heartless person looks like. It was not until the Holy Spirit spoke to me in a way I knew it had to be Him that scales fell off my eyes and I could literally feel the presence of God again. I stopped sinning and repented to God for my sin and for turning my back to Him. I could feel my heart starting to soften towards the things of God. I love what He loves and hate what He hates. Have you allowed your heart to grow cold and callous towards God? Maybe you have never known God at all and you’re tired of living your life your way because it’s not working anyways. Have you turned from God because you’re trying to fill that void that only God can fill with a man, a woman, money, food, sex, porn, career, status, etc? If you’re reading this, then you still have a chance. The Lord desires you…He desires all of your heart. When you decide to accept all of Him, then He can bring life to your hardened heart and give you a life full of love and joy. Your heart will be joyous no matter what season of life you are in because true joy and true happiness comes from God. Are you ready for that type of life?
Prayer: Father, forgive me for hardening my heart towards you. Guide me and mold my heart to be like your heart. I choose this day to follow your good and perfect will for my life. In Jesus’s name, amen.