GraftedHeart

Scripture is very clear that God does not change. The author of the letter to the Hebrews writes, when warning the Christians not to follow strange and new teaching, that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). His love and His grace are not dependent upon His mood or even upon our action. He loves us with an everlasting love. God does not change.
In another sense of the word, though, He does indeed change. Not Himself, but hearts.
 “For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed” (Malachi 3:6). Just prior to this verse, God is telling of the time that He will come as a refiner and purifier, and how He will purify His people, and make them again acceptable to Him.
How He would change them.
God is in the business of changing hearts. Sometimes this means a change in life. Sometimes it is a more subtle change, visible only to those who also know the saving love of God.
My own heart has been – is continually being – changed. By the grace poured out for me, by His Spirit, which God has placed in my heart, by His Word, the Bible, that was given as the place to find Him.
He is the Vine,
we are the branches.

In Romans 11:11-24, Paul writes in some detail of the manner in which God has brought those who did not previously know Him to Himself. Paul uses the imagery of an olive tree and its branches: Christ is the tree, and people brought into faith in Him are like branches grafted onto the tree. (Note: for those unfamiliar with the term, grafting is a technique used by horticulturists to combine two different plants. While there are different techniques, the one Paul mentions is that of cutting a stem or branch from one tree and inserting it into a cut in the original plant.) As a believer in Christ, I was grafted into Him!
This is the reason for my choice of name for my publishing imprint. My prayer is that my writing would share the hope and grace offered by God in the person of His Son, Jesus. There is heart-changing power in His Word, and even more, full, over-flowing life.
I will leave you with the words of Thomas Hansen Kingo, in 1689:
On my heart imprint Thine image,
Blessed Jesus, King of Grace,
That life’s riches, cares, and pleasures
Have no power Thee to efface.
This the superscription be:
Jesus, crucified for me,
Is my life, my hope’s Foundation,
And my Glory and Salvation.

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