Life-Saving Transplant

What comes to mind when you hear the term ‘heart condition’?

Most of us in the United States would probably think of some form of high blood pressure, blocked arteries or the need for by-pass surgeries that have become almost commonplace today.

But that’s not the case for our friend Chris. His heart was failing. I don’t know all the specifics of his particular ailment, but he’s struggled with it the entire time I’ve known him. But as you might expect, his condition had an extreme impact on his livelihood and lifestyle. He couldn’t work or exert himself and had to be hooked up to portable machines for constant monitoring. But all that changed just a couple weeks ago, when he got the call to let him know that a donor match had been located and was given instructions report to the hospital immediately for a heart transplant.

After chronic medical concerns, years of waiting and through the miracle of modern medicine, Chris finally has a new heart. While he is still in the hospital and working through a few issues, the doctors report that his new transplanted organ is functioning perfectly! If his situation continues to improve as expected, once his recovery is complete, he can expect to have a long, healthy and active life.

heart-1013913_1920You know, Chris’ experience is very similar to what needs to happen at some point to every single one of us.

Scripture tells us that all people are born with a corrupt, deceitful heart and cannot please God. (Jer. 17:9) Ephesians 2:1 clearly describes our dire diagnosis as “dead in transgressions and sins.” Our prognosis is terminal and no medication nor any plan for self-improvement will do anything to improve our condition. If we’re to survive, we must have a transplant.

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. ~ Ezekiel 36:26-27

These verses were written to the nation of Israel at a time in their history when they had deliberately turned their backs on God and indulged themselves in blatant, unrepentant idolatry. As a result of their disobedience, they’d been forced from their homeland and come under the domination and subjugation of a pagan nation. But in spite of their dire (and self-inflicted) state, God generously offered wholeness and restoration to a people who didn’t deserve it. These encouraging words are also spoken to us today and bring hope, and the guarantee of the healing that we, too, can receive from the Lord. A promise of revival, vitality and redemption.

But just as in the medical world, one cannot receive a new heart without first finding a donor.

puzzle-1721592_1920-1The good news is that God graciously provided one for you… In fact, He sent Jesus, the only One who has ever possessed a pure and untainted heart and thus, has the ability to revive you. Through His death, you have the chance for spiritual life and strength. The good news is that there’s no waiting list and no chance of rejection!  All you need to do is take what He offers freely to you!

But remember, that receiving this incredible gift of a new heart doesn’t require going anywhere or doing anything. There are no forms to fill out and no requirements to meet. It doesn’t come by being good enough to earn it or trying hard enough to merit it. Receiving this gift of life requires only one thing: trusting in Jesus as your Savior, and being willing to accept forgiveness that He offers by grace through faith. (Eph. 2:8)

So take a moment to assess your medical status. You either have a heart of stone or a heart of flesh. A heart that is dead, or a heart that is alive. And no matter how wealthy eloquent or influential you are, you can’t change your heart’s condition by yourself. It only happens through belief in Christ’s work on your behalf.

Here is Christ’s promise. “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” (Jn 11:25-26)

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17 thoughts on “Life-Saving Transplant

  1. This is a great analogy to show what happens when we surrender our lives to Christ. He doesn’t just tweak a few problems to make us better. He changes our entire hearts and makes us completely new.

    1. Indeed! And thank goodness for the complete overhaul, amen?
      And you’ll be happy to know that our friend who had the transplant is now home from the hospital and progressing nicely!

  2. I love this, Karen. Of all that things in life that matter, our heart condition matters the most. I just said a prayer for Chris and will continue praying for him. Thanks for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

  3. This is so on point, especially with all of this election garbage everywhere you look. Something is so wrong…I think the heart is not only diseased but missing all together. Your words are so true and what is so awesome is that no matter who you are or how much time you’ve wasted, a new heart is always within reach. All you have to do is call on the world renowned heart transplant Specialist! Great post, my friend.

    1. I agree, Debby. The only explanation for the condition of the world is the condition of the heart. May God’s people sincerely pray that the church will have a Great Awakening so that others will see within us Jesus, the only hope this world has.

  4. Hi! Coming over as your neighbor from Coffee For Your Heart. I love the idea of taking Ezekiel 36 and applying it to your friend who just got a heart transplant (as well as showing how we all have a “donor” in Jesus.) 🙂 I just read the following quote in Philip Yancey’s book, Prayer, that seems to fit with all this (especially with the John 11 verse at the end) and must share it with you too:
    “For the Christian, death also involves an anticipation of new beginning. We let go bodies that have served us, not perfectly but well enough, in exchange for new bodies. We let go of a known life, touched with grace and pleasure but also evil and pain, in exchange for the promise of life perfected. We let go the muddle of doctrine and wavering faith in exchange for sure knowledge at last. And during the rest of life we prepare the for exchange.”

    1. Thank you so much for sharing that quote! I have many friends who are struggling with end of life issues right now. What a comfort to know that “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.” 1 Cor 13:12

  5. What a great take on that term! We do well to consider the condition of our hearts and also to guard them as the word tells us ♥ This has been on my heart a lot lately- as we have a dear friend in our church family waiting for a possible LVAD pump operation… Blessings on your friend’s continued recovery! Happy to be linking up with you at #sittingamongfriends

  6. My pastor always tells us it is a heart condition. It is all in the heart. Like when you sing or worship, etc. it is all about what’s inside the heart. After all what ever is in the heart will spill out.
    I am so glad he makes me the new creation in Him. It is only through Him we can do it too. He changes us, our desires etc. It comes form an inner being, our inner most part … the heart.
    Thanks for sharing this article and keep up the great work blogging for God.

    1. Jesus said it so simply, but with such far reaching application… Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. We cannot be other than what we are on the inside. And that’s why God starts by transforming our hearts! Thanks Steve!

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