“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.”
Psalm 51:10-12 (NIV)
Nick Vitellaro’s “The Hardened Heart” is indicative of what Christians have become over the years. We say one thing and do another. We come to church on Sunday, praising and worshiping, speaking in tongues, and on the other six days, we’re what they like to call the carnal Christians—the hypocrites—the people who turn the lost away from God because of their actions, their judgments, their lies. We pray to God to forgive us of our sins, yet we continue to commit those same sins. He can’t “cleanse us of all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9) when our hearts aren’t in it. God does not hear the prayers of sinners (John 9:31).
“See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage on another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness” (Hebrews 3:12-13).
I really hope this poem speaks to us to harden not out hearts. I think the best way to keep from falling into the “Carnal Christian” category is to accept that there is nothing out there for us in the World. Sure we have fun for a little while, but eventually it get’s boring; it gets unsatisfying. Jesus said that “whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14). So seek that eternal spring Jesus gives us. Believe me, it’s worth it.