Open and Soft Hearts

Adam Navis

READ : Acts 2:22-41

When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart. (v. 37 NIV)

Perhaps it is the bombardment of images we see in the news – sick children, war-torn landscapes, towns destroyed by natural disaster – but our hearts have become calloused. It takes a lot to move us to action. Hope can seem like a dream, love a myth, God a distant abstraction.

Pentecost is a time to remember the reality of our faith. Jesus ascends into heaven but does not leave his followers alone and helpless. He sends his Spirit to lead and to guide, to soften our hearts and point them in the right direction.

Wouldn’t it be nice, though, if the Holy Spirit were a little more tangible? We could consult him about jobs, kids, retirement planning, even things as simple as which car to buy. Well, the Holy Spirit is real, and while we are not promised special divine insight on daily tasks, there is one condition that might help us be more aware of the Spirit’s presence in our lives: an open heart.

Are we willing to let the truth of Jesus Christ touch us in a way that might cause us to ask, “What shall we do?” Are we willing to change the way we think, act, and believe? Or are our hearts too hard?


Soften my heart to receive your Spirit.