Shaken to the Core
You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel. Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. (Hebrews 12:24-25)
We can refuse to change our minds - determined that we know what is best for our lives, but when we determine to never allow our hearts to be changed, there is no hope for our minds! The mind change occurs because of the heart change. We may not understand the connection between the two, but it exists. To live a transformed life requires a yielded heart and a mind renewed.
To refuse is to make a determination that we will not accept or do something. We actually demand our own way whenever we refuse. To refuse God's invitation leaves us in a very dangerous place, though. All will be shaken, but will all stand? Only those who have their lives built upon a solid foundation will be unshakeable. Do you have an unshakeable mind and heart?
"Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment." (Arthur Helps) Is your heart soaring as high as possible? That ability comes only when we give ourselves to Christ. We may think we are 'flying high' above life's miseries and problems but trust me on this one - we don't have any idea how high we can soar until we take wings with Christ at the controls!
Too many times we choose to 'surrender to the chill of our spiritual environment' - allowing our hearts to grow cold and our minds be swayed by the emerging thoughts of the day. Allow Christ to take control of your heart and what will emerge may not be the 'latest trend or fad', but a living hope and some very well-grounded actions. Some believe they will never be shaken, but ALL will be shaken. How will you stand when all around you is shaking? Just asking...