Play Dough

Last week I found myself making play dough pizzas with a child loves to create things. If you have ever played with play dough, you will understand exactly what I am talking about. New and fresh play dough is what you look for when making your masterpiece. But have you ever pulled out a play dough container to find that someone did not put the lid on correctly, or at all? The air exposure makes the play dough that was once soft, very hard and almost immovable.

What is my point behind this? Well, imagine our hearts are that play dough. Is your heart soft towards the Lord, or has it been exposed to the world so that it’s no longer soft, but it’s hardened towards Him? Let’s look at Hebrews 3.7-15…

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years. Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways. As I swore in my wrath, “they shall not enter My rest”.Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today”, that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. As it says, Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.

The author of Hebrews has a pretty clear point here. If those who followed Moses were responsible to surrender, trust, and persevere in following God’s leader, we are much more responsible to do the same with our much greater leader being Jesus. As the Holy Spirit speaks, we must hear His voice and not allow our hearts to become hardened. There is a great urgency in the voice of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit never prompts us to get right with God tomorrow, or next week, but to do it today, right now- in this very moment…So, where are you at with Him?

“Select the strongest man you know, and suppose that everything in reference to your enteral welfare is to depend upon whether he lives to see the next year. With what anxiety would you hear of his illness, how concerned would you be about his health?Well, sinner, your salvation is risked by you upon your own life, is that any more secure?” (C. Spurgeon)

It is never too late to turn back to Him, or to Him for the first time..But do it now, not later. Don’t procrastinate the thing your very life is dependent upon. The Lord desires a deep relationship with you. This week spend some time with Him. Make sure that your salvation, strength, and hope comes from Jesus alone. Soften your heart, open your ears, and hear what He is saying to you.

I love you all!

Ellie