A Change of HEart
We had a Coyote killing geese on a daily basis. It was so frustrating because he set his watch for different times so I wasn’t able to figure out his pattern. I had been keeping watch and listening for ruckus when one afternoon I heard and saw the coyote coming toward our gates. It was about 50 yards from the chicken coop. He was determined to have his usual picnic. This time I left our dog Lucky out of the yard.
Lucky saw the coyote. The coyote saw Lucky. The coyote stood his ground. This was his feeding area or so he thought. I guess the 100 plus pound Newfoundland didn’t seem too intimidating in relation to the meal. The coyote lunged and Lucky. Lucky didn’t appreciate the disrespect or failure to warn of trespassing. Lucky tore into the coyote with fur flying everywhere. The next thing I know the coyote had a change of heart. He started running south with Lucky right behind him. Then Lucky stood tall on the crest of the hill while the coyote kept running. He had a change of heart.
Have you been Determined in a direction only to have a change of heart? Have you had a change of heart but been afraid to say anything because of naysayers? Are you afraid to walk the path God is calling you to because of uncertainty? Are we supposed to have it all or is there a greater purpose? What is our life supposed to say to others? Do you expect blessings without pain?
Jesus was clear about entitlement and our hearts in Luke 13:1-9
“Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “ ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’ ””
Luke 13:1-9 NIV
Several people in the Bible had a change of heart. Moses when he was called had to face people he never wanted to deal with again. Peter was a fisherman and ended up being the first pope. David was a scrawny shepherd who ended up king. Matthew was a crooked tax collector. Esther was a “nobody” who became a treasured queen.
You were called to bear fruit and your life is to manifest this call. God is investing in you. It may mean you are to have a bit of a change of heart. You are supposed to make a difference. Sometimes the call is uncomfortable, but being a Christian isn’t just about eternal life. It’s about what we do on this earth while we are here.
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
James 2:26 KJV
We pray for the sick, feed the poor, and invite your friends, family and neighbors to church. We help the needy, teach the children, share the gospel, encourage the broken hearted and support the devastated. With this we submit to our God destined call because nobody else on earth can do it but you and you will bear fruit.
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Philip Lukens is the senior pastor of the Carr Community Church. To receive updates please enter your e-mail address below and click subscribe.
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