Summary: During the Triumphant entry, people were stirred up to the point of being shaken, but were they changed? How does this speak to us?!?!
3. HEART – Our heart is a dead giveaway. We will never rise above what is locked away in our heart. Let’s check out the heart.
a. The Contents of the heart. – Make no mistake, people know what is in your heart, it is the most transparencies of your personality. There are so many scriptures which speak about our heart. Out of the heart the mouth speaks, out of the overflow of the heart flows the issues of life, and as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. The Old Testament tells us that our natural heart, the unregenerate heart, is deceitful. Candidly, you and I have no power to change our heart, it takes a professional.
b. The Cautions about the heart. – A bad heart is bad news. Probably not a one of us have been excluded from having a friend or loved one (or self) being found with a bad or diseased heart. When a heart goes bad, the person KNOWS something has to be done because it is impossible to live without a working heart. In the same way, to be stirred and not changed is to have a heart that is bad, diseased, and deceitful. The bad heart carries an eternal death sentence.
c. The Comfort from the heart. – There is little which brings us comfort like an EKG or a treadmill which tells us that our heart is healthy. Since 1974, I have stood beside the bed of many who have just come through heart surgery. In the first couple of days, there is much pain, even agony, but after the affects of being cut opened heal, most people say they feel better than they have felt in years. This is exactly what happens when our hearts are transformed by the renewing of Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us about the threefold work of God in our life and that work begins with “transformation.”
It’s not enough to be stirred, or shaken, it is required that our hearts be changed.