Modern medical science states that heart disease does not happen suddenly. Heart disease builds up over many years and is caused by genetic disposition passed down to us from our parents, by stress, life-style and a diet of too much ‘good food’ - the so-called potatoes and gravy of life!
Australians generally live in a state of affluence. We savour our food and drink; being less thoughtful of the possible results of our indulging diet. Our enjoyable eating habits may be the recipe for heart attack or other problems in later life. If we were honest with ourselves, we should all change and be more diet conscious - but we don’t, unless we are forced into it through illness.
For some Australians it takes a heart attack for an evaluation of their dietary habits to occur and for change to take place which may save their lives. But what of our spiritual diet - do we evaluate that? We can all too easily delight in a diet made up mainly of self-indulgence. We can focus our priorities, on ourselves and the present; on the latest fashion statement in clothing, the acquisition of the newest, most advanced technology, ongoing places and doing things which give us pleasure, on bigger better holidays and on doing what we want to do without the pressure of outside commitment. Until we experience real physical crisis and have real problems, it is easy to coast along without serious thought to our spiritual good health.
God’s intervention at Easter was one which, as surely as a heart attack in the physical sense, invites change in a spiritual sense. God offers a changed heart and mind through Jesus. Our life direction is focused no longer on our world but through Jesus, our focus is on an eternity with Him.
Jesus died and rose for us -
We can now be ready to die
in Him and know we will live!
“TAKE HEART, YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN”.
Neil P. Schiller