In Christ to Instruct – Heart to Heart (2 Timothy 2:22-26)

When you communicate with others, do they connect with God’s heart?

When we are in Christ to instruct, we connect heart to heart. We engage with God’s heart to reach the hearts of others. God’s heart is the vertical component of the cross; the hearts of others represents the horizontal component.

What is the spiritual heart? The heart, the core of one’s inner being, is comprised of four chambers: the will, intellect, spirit, and emotions. The will is the chamber of our choices. The intellect is the mind, or the chamber of our thoughts. The spirit is the lead chamber of our prayers. The emotions represent the chamber of our feelings. These chambers beat with four primary desires: significance from being created in God’s image (see Genesis 1:27); contentment from being blessed by God to be fruitful, to multiply, and to subdue the earth (see Genesis 1:28); control from being empowered by God to rule the earth (see Genesis 1:28); and security from being given every seed-bearing plant and every fruit-bearing tree (see Genesis 1:29-30).

How do we connect our heart with God’s? In order to be in Christ to instruct, we must fully surrender our hearts and our desires to Him. Paul described this pure heart condition, the object of our search, and the resulting satisfaction of full surrender to Christ when he said: “Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the LORD out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22). When we flee our evil desires of proudly searching for satisfaction apart from Christ, we humbly turn with a pure heart to our Savior, Lord, and Teacher in whom we find satisfaction of our desires.

Why does heart to heart work? Righteousness is what is right in God’s sight, which is truth that satisfies our desire for security. Faith is trusting in God rather than ourselves for control, and that brings power. Love is self-sacrificial serving where we discover our ultimate significance. Peace is absence of strife in our relationships, satisfying our desire for contentment. When we are in Christ, He endows us with His heart.

Surrender your heart and desires to Christ, and His Spirit will connect your heart with His and those you encounter, in order to connect their hearts with Jesus.

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