What an Eternal Difference Eighteen Inches Makes
Eighteen inches, the distance between our head and heart. It’s not a large amount of space but that short distance makes a huge impact on your future.
Our head’s main occupant is the brain. In technological language the brain is our Central Processing Unit (CPU). It comes complete with 15-33 billion neurons. It is the “boss organ” which controls the other body parts. Without the brain we could not see, speak, hear, touch, or taste. It is an important organ.
Because the brain acts as our CPU information has to be absorbed into the brain. Information is gained in a variety of ways, it may have been taught by someone else, studied on one’s on, or learned through life experiences. Regardless of how the information is obtained it determines how we view life, make decisions, and what we discern as truths.
Take religion for example, a person who is an Atheist denies the existence of a supreme being. While one who professes to be an Agnostic believes that it is impossible to know whether or not there is a God. Some religious people believe there is a supreme being but that being may be someone who lived a long time ago, a concept, something in nature, or a man- made object. Christians believe that not only is there a supreme being but that He created the world, sent His son to die for mankind’s sins, and is now in Heaven creating a place for His children to live for all eternity when they either die or He returns to gather them together.
What does your brain tell you to believe in? Look up at the sky and gaze at the sun or moon. Look around do you see the plants, animals, flowers? Look at your hands and toes. Do you know of any earthly person or thing that has the capability the make a star, flower, or a person? HUMMMM…
Okay, so the majority of people agree there may be a supreme being. Their brain has conceded that fact. They may even believe that God exist and He did send His son to forgive our sins. But the problem is their belief stops there, at the brain.
There is however another important body organ which is located approximately eighteen inches south of the brain. It is the heart, a hollow muscle that pumps blood throughout the body yes, even to the brain. This muscle pumps an average of seventy-two beats per minute, every minute, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. While the brain may be in control, if the heart is not functioning the brain suffers. The two organs depend on each other.
You see it is not enough to believe with your brain that there is a God. You must also believe with your heart. What is the difference? The person who acknowledges there is a God in his brain may or may not attend church and may or may not try to live a moral life, regardless there is not personal relationship involved. But the one who has accepted God in their heart, has a personal relationship with God. They spend time communicating with Him in prayer, they put Him first in their lives, they may still sin but they ask God for His guidance and forgiveness, they desire for others to accept Him, they love Him with all their heart they rely on Him daily in all things.
The difference between the head (brain) and heart is only about eighteen inches but it is the difference between spending a lifetime away from God in the fiery pit of Hell or remaining with Him in Heaven. What about it, are you going to allow eighteen inches to determine where and how you spend eternity?
“And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. Luke 10:27”
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