“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
“Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 NASB)
There is a hidden water pipe in the floorboard of my office. In order for any water to flow into the building, it has to enter through this specific pipe. Last weekend, the temperatures dropped well below freezing and froze the standing water inside of the pipe. All water flow ceased. It quickly became apparent that we depend on for water for a lot of things in our everyday life: coffee, the bathroom, sink usage, to make ice for the ice machine. It could have become a crisis if clear action was not taken. We needed fresh water, we needed to clear the blockage so that water could flow again. After all, how long can one survive without fresh coffee?
Similarly, the Bible talks about the importance of our hearts. I remember a question I was once asked about our hearts – “If the only nourishment someone ever got was from your heart’s wellspring, how healthy would they be?” That question has stuck with me for years. A wellspring is a source or supply of something.
What is feeding your heart?
Often times we allow hurt, sin, anger or a vast array of other things to taint, or, worse yet, block our wellsprings’ supply. All too often the supply to our heart gets so blocked that no healthy, living water can even flow out of it.
But there is good news! We have a master plumber. It’s never too late for a fresh start with Christ. He has made a way for us to approach the throne of God with confidence. You don’t have to be stuck in shame for the things that are blocking your wellspring. Shame is no longer in our nature because of the confidence and freedom we have in Christ.
Jesus has given you a fresh start today. Take it! Only Jesus can unblock our wellsprings’ supply and bring you the freedom of fresh, living water that will stockpile your heart with life. There is no need to hope the blockage goes away, Jesus is telling you that today is a new day and God’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).
- Discuss with a friend: If the wellspring of my heart was the only nourishment someone got, how healthy would they be?
- Identify areas of your life that seem to be blocking your experience of God. Are there areas of shame or places you shy away from God’s presence?
Action steps for the week:
- Declare fresh life over the areas of your heart. Pray out loud and declare that today is a new day and a fresh start. Repeat this daily for the next week and see how your mindset and spiritual health changes.
Example: “God I know your mercies are new every morning. I set aside my shame today and choose to find my confidence in Christ alone. Today is a new day and the shame of yesterday will not master over me. Thank you, Jesus, for a fresh start and new mercies.”