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From a Hard Heart to a New Heart • Ryan Jorgenson

Posted: October 05, 2016

It was a sad day in my childhood. Our family dog of 11 years had passed, and I needed to bury him. However, it had not rained for a long time, and the ground was as hard as a rock. To this day, I have back pain from trying to break the ground and dig that grave. Both Jesus (Luke 8) and Paul (1 Cor. 3:6-9) taught using the metaphor that people are like fields on whom we cast "seed" or the Gospel in hopes they will come to spiritual life in Him.

What do you do when a person’s heart is as hard as stone? Do we grab the "shovel" of telling them they are hopeless? Do we look for the "pickaxe" of demeaning them? No. Instead, we pray and ask God to do what only He can do. God tells us in Ezekiel 36:26, “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” It is only God who can heal a hardened heart. He must remove the heart of stone through the regeneration of the Holy Spirit!

Next time we encounter a person who is hard-set against the Gospel, simply cast the seed of the Gospel! That is our call according to these teachings. Once you have cast the seed and shared the Gospel, live the Gospel to them and seek the Lord in prayer because only He knows exactly how to handle their heart. The best news is that Jesus promises, “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” John 6:37