The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
Jesus in My Heart

A little boy was being scheduled for open heart surgery. The surgeon sat beside the boy's bed and his parents sat across from him. The surgeon said to the little boy, "Tomorrow morning, I'll open up your heart." The little boy interrupted the surgeon and said, "You'll find Jesus there." The surgeon looked annoyed and continued, "I'll cut your heart open to see how much damage has been done." The little boy quickly said, "But when you open up my heart, you'll find Jesus there." The surgeon looked at the parents, ignoring the little boy, "When I see how much damage has been done, I will know what to do next." Again, the little boy said, "But you'll find Jesus in my heart. The Bible says He lives there. You'll find Him in my heart."

The surgeon had enough and he said to the little boy, "I'll tell you what I'll find there. I'll find damaged muscle, low blood supply and weakened vessels. I'll find out if I can make you well." Once again, the little boy said, "You'll find Jesus there. He lives there." After surgery, the surgeon sat in his office recording his notes from the surgery: "damaged aorta, damaged pulmonary vein, widespread muscle degeneration. No hope for transplant, no hope for cure. Therapy: painkillers and bed rest. Prognosis:” he paused before recording his next words, "death within one year." He stopped his recorder and sat there. Then he asked aloud, "Why? Why did You do this? You put him here. You put him in this pain. You cursed him to an early death. Why?" Then the Lord began to speak to the heart of the surgeon, "The boy was not meant to live long on this earth. He belongs to Me and soon he will be with Me forever." Hot tears started running down the surgeon's face and in anger he said aloud, "You created that boy, and You created that heart. He'll be dead in months. Why?"

Then the Lord spoke to the heart of the surgeon, "I sent the boy to reach you and make you one of My children." Later the surgeon sat down beside the little boy's bed; the parents sat across from him. The little boy awoke and whispered, "Did you cut open my heart?" "Yes," said the surgeon. "What did you find?" asked the little boy. "I found Jesus there," said the surgeon.

The best thing that can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime is to receive the Lord Jesus Christ into their heart. Of course, this heart is not the muscle that pump’s blood to the body. The heart Jesus infiltrates is the spiritual one that is connected to our minds. When we make him Lord of our lives, he moves in and takes charge of our way of thinking and living. He becomes the driving force of our lives. Whether we are young, old, rich, poor, healthy or sick, Jesus lives there and directs our paths.

When you surrender your heart to Him, He takes over and leads you to the best end anyone can experience. That end is actually the beginning. The chapter left behind is the physical existence we once knew and the beginning is our eternal life with him. Our message this Sunday is about a woman who needed Jesus and what He had for her. She knew he was coming and had heard of His miracles. Her answer was to Reach Out to Jesus. According to Luke 8:42-48, she touched His garment and received His healing touch in return. Join us this Sunday and see what it means to REACH OUT TO JESUS and to receive Him into your heart for all eternity.

Keeping Him in my heart,

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