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God Wants Your Heart: Why Not Give It Today?

[caption id="attachment_3035" align="alignright" width="300"] Blog by Associate Colette Parker, OPA - Co-Director[/caption] Be an Organ Donor. Give Your Heart To God. Those words -- posted on a sign in front of a Lutheran Church --caught my attention. My first thought was, “Clever!” My second thought (sparked by my sometimes unusual sense of humor), was, “I guess the ‘up’ side is that you don’t have to die to do that!” Then, I began to reflect upon what it means to give your heart to God. I imagine that we all know the value of the physical organ – how it is central to our circulatory system, pumping life-giving blood to all areas of our bodies. But clearly, the words on the church sign were referring to not the physical organ but to our spiritual heart. It is our spiritual heart that controls our belief and behavior. It determines how we handle life’s challenges and struggles. It is the place that holds our emotions, our mind, and our will. Everything we do flows from our heart. It is our essence. It is the center of our being. It is who we are. When we give our heart to God, we give God control of our very being. When we give our heart to God, we consciously make a decision to surrender our will to God’s will – God calls the shots, not us! When we give our heart to God, we consciously make a decision to live our life for God and to make God the Lord of our life. God wants our heart, which means God wants us. God wants our unclean heart in order to give us a new, clean heart. God wants our heart to empower us with the Holy Spirit. When we give our heart to God, we are transformed, strengthened, and renewed. We can experience that renewal, strength, and transformation if we choose to give our heart to God. There’s no time like the present – give your heart to God today.

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