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A Heart Transplant Like No Other

Posted on: 7-15-112012

I am currently reading a book by Max Lucado entitled “Grace”.  One of the stories that he tells in the book really caught my attention. It is the story of a mother whose thirteen year old daughter was killed in a skiing accident.  In the midst of her grief, she agreed to donate her daughter’s organs to patients in need.  Her one request, however, was that whoever received her daughter’s heart would allow her to hear the beat of her daughter’s heart one last time.  The lady who received this young girl’s heart graciously granted that request.  Upon placing the stethoscope on the lady whose life her daughter’s heart had saved, the grieving mother was able to hear the beating of her daughter’s heart one last time.  Even though her daughter was no longer alive, her heart lived on in someone else.  The beat of her heart gave someone else a chance to live.  In much the same way, those of us who have received Christ as our Savior have the beat of Someone else’s heart beating within us, giving us a chance to live.  Upon receiving Christ, our old self passes away and we are made new (2 Corinthians 5:17).  It is no longer us who lives, but Christ who lives in us (Galatians 2:20).  He doesn’t just pop in for a visit and leave…He takes up residence within us.  When God looks at us, He sees Him!  When God listens to the beat of our heart, He doesn’t hear our old heart…He hears the heart beat of His beloved Son.  And just as I’m sure hearing the beat of her daughter’s heart once again was the sweetest sound the grieving mother had ever heard, the sound of His Son’s heart beating within us is the most precious sound God ever hears.

“I will give you a new heart and put a new Spirit within you.”  Ezekiel 36:26

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