Hammer to Stone

When did serving the Lord become a chore?

It’s an amazing thing, our heart is – deceitful beyond comprehension, wayward without reservation, and selfish above all. How can such a small part of you control such a large part of you? It is the very thing you both hate and love, both the source of your sinful depravity and the wellspring of your worship. Learn to fight it and it develops new and improved ways to defend itself. Ignore its power and face the inevitable consequences. There were times when my heart was softer – sensitive to the touch of God, tender at its core. But years have passed since those times and it now resembles more of a stone than soft clay. No longer is it a pure joy to serve the Lord met with thankfulness and a sense of purpose, but often times it becomes an obligation merely to have joy in serving the Lord. What’s the secret to serving the Lord faithfully with a soft heart?

Exodus 35:20, “Then all the congregation of the people of Israel departed from the presence of Moses. And they came, everyone whose heart stirred him, and everyone whose spirit moved him, and brought the Lord’s contribution to be used for the tent of meeting, and for all its service, and for the holy garments.”

Before this verse Moses is speaking the very Words of God to the Israelites, although nothing but mundane instructions and commandments, it is nevertheless the Word of God that is spoken.

It’s clear, only the Hammer of God’s Word can smash the stone hearts of His people.

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