The Heartbeat of Jesus

“Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.”

1 John 4:17

Ponder This

Once I was reading the Houston Chronicle and came across a picture of a woman who had her ear on the chest of a man. And there was a caption under the photo that explained the man had received a heart transplant, and the heart that was beating in his chest was the heart of this woman’s son. She was listening by putting her ear to his chest to hear her son’s heart beating. When I read that, I thought, “Would to God that He could put His ear on my chest and hear the heartbeat of His Son.”

If God Almighty puts His ear to your chest, and Jesus is in there, you’re going to have a heartbeat for missions and evangelism. Jesus said, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21). And why was He sent? Luke 19:10: “for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

  • What evidence does your life give that you have the same “heartbeat” as Jesus?
  • Why must this be true of us if we are genuinely following Him?

Practice This

Make a list of the things your heart “beats for.” Be honest with yourself, recognizing that change can only come through honest assessment.