“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” — Jeremiah 17:9
I know advertisers must hate it, but the truth is that a lot of times we remember their commercial, but we forget their product. Recently, I saw a commercial like that – the ad really impressed me, but I have no idea what they were advertising.
I’d say that idea is close, but not the prize winner. The last frontier isn’t outer space – in fact, its inner space … what’s inside you and me. Which includes our imagination, but plenty more.
God’s view would seem to be that the “last frontier is the human heart.” The heart is the vast and violent wilderness that remains untamed inside us. It’s usually the people closest to us who can attest to the fact that our dark side is alive and well – and yes, it’s untamed. They get to see and feel it all too often.
What the Lord finds in our heart may be things others can’t see, but things we know all too well – things we are either ashamed of, or ought to be ashamed of. God knows all about the stubborn selfishness in our heart, the unspeakable desires, the lust, the arrogance, the anger, the moral pollution.
It’s not just God who knows that dark side of us. The people around us … often the people we love … experience it through the way we treat them sometimes, the devastating things we say,
the meanness, the self-centeredness, the dirt.
Beneath our carefully cultivated image, beneath our impressive religiosity, is this untamed monster God has called “sin,” and no person – no matter how religious – can have a relationship with a perfect God or live in His perfect heaven with this sin not dealt with. But God, who knows all about us, knew that all of our best human efforts to tame the monster were no match for the beast inside us.
So, God sent His Son to do for us what we could never do for ourselves. In I John 4:9-10, He put it this way: “God sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
When Jesus died on the cross, He absorbed all the guilt, all the depravity, all the hellish death penalty of our sin. We can have every wrong thing we’ve ever done erased from God’s records. We can live the rest of our life totally forgiven; possessing His power to beat what has always beaten us. We can know we are going to heaven when we die. If you’re tired of that darkness in your heart … if you’re ready to put your total trust in Jesus Christ to forgive you and change you, just tell Him that right now.
Something very miraculous, something transforming happens when Jesus enters the darkness in our heart. The lights go on. Suddenly, the darkness isn’t winning anymore. He’s waiting to make that miracle your miracle.