Many of you know that I’ve been deep in the study of the book of Genesis this year. Right now, I’m learning about Abraham and God’s sign of establishing a new covenant with him and his descendants, i.e. through the act of circumcision. Turns out that circumcision wasn’t just an outward physical sign but a spiritual sign as well. Who knew? Well, maybe you did, but I was surprised to learn of the deeper symbolism as I continued to read on in the Bible. For example, in Deuteronomy 30:6, it said, “God will circumcise hearts so that we can love Him with all our heart and soul and live!” Circumcision was intended to demonstrate a cutting off of sin so that we’d be able to live a life of purity and integrity. I had never thought of it that way before, but I loved the new visual image it began to paint for me. When Christ died and rose from the dead, we were forgiven, and all of our sin was circumcised and replaced with new life ~ the life of the Holy Spirit living within us. It’s as if we were given a total heart transplant. And what a great time of year for me to be blessed with this realization, right? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, when I can full on celebrate a circumcision of the heart!
So I told some of my friends, “This makes me wanna send a card to those near and dear to me, wishing them the same sentiment: Circumcise Your Heart This Valentine’s Day!” Somehow, they didn’t think it would go over with quite the bang! But if you’re daring and a wee bit quirky like me, you may wanna go ahead and give it a try. I say send your friends some heartfelt encouragement this Valentine’s holiday. February 14th isn’t typically a day set aside for honoring the great sacrifice Christ paid to redeem us, so why not try starting a new trend? Go for it and give some thought to encouraging a circumcision of the heart. So how exactly might you do that?
My friend, Elisa Pulliam, started me thinking about this by suggesting a way to get a pulse on my own spiritual heartbeat this past week over at her website at More to Be. Scoot on over there to check out her thoughts too. She took a look at Matthew 12:34 which instructs, “For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.” We can look at what kinds of words are coming out of our mouths too. Are they words of bitterness, anger, and frustration? If so, it’s probably a good indication that our hearts our hurting and in need of some personal healing. If we spend some time in prayer and reflection this week with the Lord, He is sure to reveal the condition of our heart and guide us in His ways. Like Abraham who continually poured out his heart to the Lord, Deuteronomy 4:29 tells us, “But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
May you be blessed and encouraged this Valentine’s Day as you choose to let the Lord circumcise your heart!