TUESDAY, APRIL 5
One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God.
The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul.
Acts 16:14 (ESV)
THE MIRACLE OF LYDIA: AN OPEN HEART
Morris, the loudmouth mechanic, was removing the cylinder heads from the motor of a car when he spotted a famous heart surgeon who was standing off to the side. Morris shouted across the garage, “Hey Doc! Is dat you? Come on ova’ here a minute.” The famous surgeon, a bit surprised, walked over to where Morris the mechanic was working on the car. Morris straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag, and asked argumentatively, “So, Mr. Fancy Doctor, look at dis here work. I ALSO open hearts, take valves out, grind ’em, put in new parts, and when I finish dis baby will purr like a kitten. So how come you get da big bucks, when you an’ me is doing basically da same work?” The surgeon leaned over and whispered to Morris, “Try doing it with the engine running.” (Source Unknown).
In Acts 16:14 God performed open heart surgery on Lydia as she listened to the preaching of Paul. When Lydia heard the gospel, the Spirit of God opened her heart and she believed. To open the heart indicates that the Lord caused her to understand or that He caused her to have an open mind. This is an example where divine election and human responsibility naturally work together. Salvation is a work God must do in all who believe, because as Jesus said, “No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draws him.” (John 6:44) And when God draws us we must respond in faith the same way Lydia did.
How did God change your heart so that you were open to accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior? Who do you know that appears to have a hard heart toward God? Do you believe God can change their heart?
Praise God as the Great Physician. Thank Him for the surgery He continues to perform on your heart. Pray for those you know who need a changed heart.