If you don’t have a whole heart, how can you obey the mandate to seek God wholeheartedly? The answer is, you can’t.
That’s why when I spend time talking about Heart Mapping, what I’m really talking about is Jesus laying out His agenda for healing your heart.
Jesus wants to source your obedience to this mandate to love God and to love people. He is after that relentlessly. It is the thing that connects us to Him and connects us to each other. Or to put it this way, a whole heart and a functioning heart is a prize to God. He loves wholeheartedness, but I want to tell you something. It’s good for you too. It’s a good thing when your whole heart is working. It’s enjoyable to have a fuller and fuller range of emotion
My friend, Henry, is 8 years old now, but he was born with about 50% or 60% of his heart. There were pieces missing. And so his doctors made a plan to build a heart that would work. The problem is, they couldn’t turn the thing on all the way because his little body couldn’t handle it. So, for the first 6 years of his life they keep the heart function slowed down, and if you watched Henry he was a pretty smart kid, he functioned, he got around, he did everything he was doing, but he was always a little tired. But there came a day when they turned it on fully and he has been at 110% ever since, and that’s on his slow days. On his fast days he is like 150%, 170%. He never slows down!
That’s what happens in our spirit life when God resources a wholeheartedness. It will bring an energy, and a resource, and a joy, and a delight, and a surprise to your experience, and yet for most of us we’re not even familiar with the process.
We need to get introduced to Jesus, this heart doctor guy, who understands how it works, who is trustworthy, who can get in there and do the work; who not only can heal you but he can train you to help others and begin to bring resources to others’ lives so that we can actually, in real-time, experience what God intended for his people to experience. He has always intended for us to have an experience of loving Him and loving one another. This always was His intent.