Refuse Hardness of Heart with a PASSION – Part 2


by Katy Kauffman


I entered the semi-dark balcony and searched for the right spot. Most everyone had left the church sanctuary that particular Sunday morning, but I needed to pray. I found a seat, and told God what was on my heart.


I had seen people on television walk into chapels and cathedrals when they desperately needed help. They would slide into a pew and not say anything out loud. They would only look to the front of the sanctuary, their prayer written on their faces. I did the same.


I looked to God in that desperate moment. I wanted to connect with Him in a place where week after week His people sought wisdom from and fellowship with the Almighty. Have you ever been so desperate for Jesus’ help that you sought Him in a place that was special to you?


Wanting Him, Instead of Refusing Him


Unlike the people in Jesus’ hometown, the people of the land of Gennesaret were desperate to find Jesus (Mark 6:53-55). Perhaps they had seen the man whom Jesus had freed from a legion of demons and heard his story (Mark 5:1-20). Perhaps news of Jesus had been as a balm to their souls—He could heal anyone of anything. They recognized Him once He and His disciples stepped out of the boat onto land, and they ran to find their loved ones and bring them to Jesus so He could heal them. Faith in action.


They lined the marketplaces with the sick and “begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well” (Mark 6:56 NKJV). Faith rewarded.


Touch Jesus to Be Made Well


Last week I talked about the dangers of hardness of heart. In Mark Chapter 6, five passages or vignettes show us the consequences of unbelief or hardness of heart. They are consequences that even Christians need to be aware of. The final passage or vignette in Mark 6 shows the remedy—touch Jesus to be made well. Hardness of heart is a sickness of the soul that Jesus can cure.


What does it look like to “touch” Jesus today? We can’t see Him or physically touch Him. So how do we show the same amount of faith in Him that the people of Gennesaret did?


Remedy hardness of heart and unbelief in these ways:

  • Turn from unbelief and embrace faith in who God is and what He can do.
  • Refuse selfishness and choose to depend on God’s ways, His methods, and His timing.
  • Make the effort to get help.
  • Do everything you know to do to seek Jesus—pray, study Scripture, go to church, seek out godly friends, listen to praise music, and obey what He has told us to do.


In order to overcome hardness of heart, we have to want help and then seek it. We have to see the danger of unbelief and decide that we don’t want what we can make out of our lives, but we want what God can do. And we have to believe that freedom is possible. Just as Jesus healed the woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years and freed the demon-possessed man of the legion of demons and brought Jairus’ daughter back to life, Jesus can do the amazing and the impossible in our lives. He has the means and the love to do it. Are we willing to trust Him to do it for us?


Once You’re Healed, Then What?


Just as the formerly demon-possessed man told the surrounding region all that Jesus had done for him, we can share how Jesus has healed us. You may be able to do that through writing, speaking, teaching, or friend-to-friend conversations. God has placed each of us where He wants us to share His truth and love. He also sends us to places that need to hear about His amazing power and grace.


Not only can we share about the Healer of hearts and Savior of souls, we can cherish Him. We can maintain a heart of gratitude and praise for what He has done, and we can keep our hearts open to listen to His leading and respond to His instruction.


So the adventure has just begun. A heart that has been saved by Jesus and is continually being transformed by His word and His power is a heart that He can use to share the gospel and how faith in Him makes a difference in our lives. 


Let’s not keep this good news to ourselves. Keep writing, keep loving, keep ministering. Stay close to Jesus, and refuse hardness of heart. It’s just not worth missing out on life with Jesus.

 

© Copyright 2018 by Katy Kauffman

 

This post is a part of our series called “Overcoming the Obstacles of the Christian Life,” based on the Gospel of Mark. If you missed any of the previous posts, click the links below to check them out:

 

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An editor for Refresh Bible Study Magazine, Katy Kauffman is also a Bible study author who loves to write about the treasures of Scripture. Her Bible studies focus on winning life's spiritual battles, and her blog shares snippets of "scrapbooked" encouragement. Learn more about The Scrapbooked Bible Study, and follow Katy's blog to receive weekly posts. 

 

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