This article may require a word about Jesus to help our consideration. He loved his enemies and sacrificed himself on the alter of love to offer the forgiveness of God to we who don’t deserve it. He also encouraged us to love one another similarly.
The catch cry of our age is, “Love is love”. Sounds like a great permission giver but is our subjective love all its cracked up to be and is it working? By contrast the Bible says “God is love.” That’s an objective love that doesn’t make you and me the centre of our existence, but calls us to exemplify the love of God. But does it work?
What if for 24 hours, Jesus lives your life, with his heart? Your heart gets the day off, and your life is led by the heart of Christ. His priorities govern your actions. His passions drive your decisions. His love directs your behaviour. His sacrifices become ours.
What would you be like?
Would people notice the change? Your family – would they see something new? Your coworkers – would they sense a difference? What about the less fortunate, the poor, the refugee… would you treat them the same? And your friends…would they detect more joy? How about your enemies… would they receive more mercy from Christ’s heart than from yours? The environment…would it benefit from the good stewardship God made us responsible for?
And you… how would you feel?
What alterations would this transplant have on your stress level? Your mood swings? Your temper? Would you sleep better? Would you see sunsets differently? Death differently? Taxes differently? Enemies differently? Any chance you’ll need to take less sedatives?
If for 24 hours Jesus lives your life with his heart would you still do what you are planning to do for the next 24 hours? Pause and think about your schedule: obligations, engagements, outings, appointments, pleasures.
If Jesus took over your heart for just one day, would anything change and if it did would it be worth considering making the change permanently.