Reflections: The crux of the book of Ezekiel is this: after Jesus, nothing will ever be how it is again. This idea is inclusive of heaven and earth and everything in it. The human condition will be made new. Restored, redeemed and re-created. In this passage, speaking about a new heart and a new spirit is indicative of the new nature that is to come through Christ. This new heart and spirit is for the express purpose of containing the new life that we have in Christ. God has always been in the business of transformation. By the resurrection we not only become new creatures with new desires and a new spirit, but we become carriers ourselves. Hosts of the Holy Spirit, agents of transformation in and of ourselves, with the power of the Spirit and union with Jesus Christ. This is a short passage, but a beautiful picture is conjured, a story of redemption unparalleled and unstoppable.
Question: How can you bring about transformation and restoration by the Spirit within your own community?
Prayer: Thank you, God, for a new heart and a new spirit. I know I couldn’t do a thing to deserve it and yet I find myself in possession of your wonderful presence. Restore my heart of stone, so that I may follow you all my life, keep your commands and walk in step with you. Amen.