3 KEYS TO BREAK FREE FROM A DULL HEART
Antonio Baldovinos | Excerpt from Living from the Inside Out
We can have the outward appearance of Christian zeal without having a vibrant heart that is fully alive in the Lord. I know this all too well!
Many people do not realize that their heart is asleep towards God; the reality is we do not realize we are asleep, until we wake up!
Have you ever wondered how you can tell if you are living with a dull heart towards God?
One way to tell is by evaluating your speech. You can measure the abundance of your heart by what you say and how you say it.
“…out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt. 12:34).
Words are a reflection of your heart. What you spend your time doing and what you spend your time thinking about, will eventually come out in your words.
How can you revive a dull heart? I’ve discovered that keeping my heart alive is something I have to be diligent about.
Jesus spoke to the Ephesian Church in the book of Revelation. The Ephesian Church was an extraordinary Church. They were hard-working, they hated evil, they were faithful, but they lost their first love—Jesus.
“Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.” (Rev. 2:5)
Jesus gave this church three keys to breaking free from a dull heart: remember, repent and act.
1. Remember: Our first love is not something we accidentally misplace, but is something we run away from. Jesus instructed the Ephesians to remember how they used to feel about Him. We are to meditate on God’s past goodness to us and our past affection for Him.
2. Repent: Jesus told the Ephesians to repent of their negligence. To repent is to “change our mind and life vision” so that it aligns with devotion for Jesus once again.
3. Act: Jesus said, “Do the first works”. The first works are those which are first in priority to God, those that we did when we were originally on fire for God.
Do you remember how you used to act when you were in love with Him? Okay, good! Repent, change your life course and return to doing the things you used to do. This will rekindle your love and passion for Him!
To summarize, we must consciously cultivate whole-hearted love towards God. Jesus speaks of our first love as a height—a glorious, wonderful height. When we forsake—not lose—our first love, we deliberately leave that place of spiritual passion by the choices we make.
You weren’t meant to live in the status quo; instead, you were made to live your life with a vibrant heart, passionately pursuing the One you love.
Living from the Inside Out is available at antoniobaldovinos.org