Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6
I watched and liked what I saw. I am a pastor and have been one for just about 41 years. It has been a great ride and I have to admit it still surprises me when I realize just how quickly time and has come…and gone. I have been at my present church for going on 23 years and if the first number was surprising to me…the second is even more so. To be at one place that long…to say hello to so many people and sadly goodbye to others…is eye-opening. It also has been fun watching the kids grow up. The guy who leads worship for us was five years old when I came. Amazing. I even had hair back then…or at least more.
In my 41 years serving as a pastor and in my 22 years here where I serve now, I have bumped into a lot of people. Some of them were nice by nature. You know, always smiling, always optimistic, and always holding the door so someone could enter first. They never forgot a birthday and were always looking for ways to lend a helping hand. When these folks met Jesus, there didn’t seem to be a lot to change…at least on the outside. That’s one kind of people but there is another. Take the opposite of everything I just wrote and meet the other side of the fence. And this is what is really exciting because it so shows the power of the gospel.
I love to hear everyone’s Jesus story but I especially love the ones where the change Jesus brings is like night and day. It’s kinda like when you mow your grass and it really needs it…you stand back and say, “Wow…that looks better.” Now to be sure, every Jesus story is a “wow” story but to see a rough old sinner become a saint by God’s grace is simply amazing. And here’s the deal. Whether it is someone who oozes kindness or someone as rough as a corncob, the truth is they are who they are because of the Heartmaker.
I was officiating at a funeral one day for one of those really good people and I told the audience that we should remember that the person we were honoring that day was who they were because of Jesus. When they met Him, the Heartmaker gave them a new heart…a heart just like His. Tucked away in the Old Testament part of the Bible is a word picture of this. It says, “And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.” That’s what the Heartmaker does for every person who chooses to follow Him.
I’ve said before, “I wish I had that person’s heart.” Oh, I’m generally a pretty nice guy but when I see someone who seems to do Jesus really well, it creates a longing in me to be more like them which is more like Jesus. The good news is that we don’t have to wish…all we must do is ask and the Heartmaker will come to the rescue. But you need to know this…a heart like Jesus doesn’t come cheap…it will mean seeking, surrendering, and maybe suffering…just like Jesus. It means loving the unlovable and forgiving those who hurt us the worse..just like He would.
There is a story about a young pastor who was visiting with an old, respected pastor. The young pastor said he wished he could have the maturity and respect he saw in the older pastor’s life. The elderly statesman said, “Son, those things came into my life through great toil and suffering. Are you ready to pay that price?” Not surprising, his answer was no. We can all admire a man or woman with a great heart but how many of us would be willing to pay the price that comes with it?
The truth is all of us who are Jesus followers can and should have a heart like Jesus…the Heartmaker. I think the path that leads to a Jesus heart is found in Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” If you’re interested in having a heart like Jesus, it starts with asking the HeartMaker. Trust me—He’s got this. Bro. Dewayne
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Brother Dewayne… Another home run! This is my prayer everyday..
That I may have and grow a heart like Jesus and that I may see others with eyes like Jesus. I know I stumble and fail some days but each day is a new beginning and another chance to grow my Jesus heart. With HIS forgiveness and HIS grace I know I will get there with his guidance. Thank you for this wonderful gentle reminder! Trudy
What great words Trudy! I’m so glad God gives us a fresh start everyday! Thank you for reading and sharing. Bro. D
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Sorry to hear about your brother’s passing, Taylor.
Thank you Lyd. He played a big role in my life. He was like a second Dad. D
It is hard to believe u have been there 23 years. To think u played a big part in our decision to move back here 29 years ago. That doesn’t seem real either. Prov. 3:5-6 was given to me by a Sgt. s wife years ago. So many unsure paths since then and the journey has been filled with some happy times and very grievous times but that verse has always held true. Thanks for your journey DeWayne.
Thank you so much Judy. When you guys came home it was such a blessing to Judy and me. God bless you both. Bro. D