I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26)
In Dr. Seuss’, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the 53-year-old Grinch suffers from having a small heart. We aren’t told why his heart was so small. One can only speculate. I’m sure you’ve had moments in life where your heart didn’t feel like loving; didn’t care enough to give; didn’t want to laugh; didn’t think it was fair to forgive; or was too callous to worship.
In the story, after the Grinch thinks he’s successfully ruined Christmas, something amazing happens. All the citizens of Whoville, even though all their Christmas presents were stolen, gathered together and sang. They SANG! They didn’t let the frustrating, disappointing, and sad circumstances steal their joy.
And what happened then? Well, in Whoville they say that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day!
This is exactly what happens in the heart of every present day ‘Grinch’ when they encounter the resilience of God’s overwhelming love, whether directly, through His children, or through some other means. The Gospel is not just good some of the time. It keeps chipping away at the cold hard shell of our heart, until finally we give in. We surrender to God’s unfailing love. We accept that He really is far better than anything we can ever imagine. The shell is removed and our heart is no longer restricted. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
This Christmas, celebrate how the power of Jesus Christ has changed your heart.