You know that annoyance on the heels of your feet that old dried dead skin that makes your feet feel so tough and rough. Yeah Calluses! Over time if feet aren’t treated they become thickened from repeated and excessive friction which will lead to burning and pain. They can even crack and bleed if not taking care of properly. This makes me think of something that I have particularly noticed in churches.
I have seen as of late that many people have become callused to the Gospel message. They proclaim to be Christians but seem to be numb to the Gospel itself. It is as if it has become such a routine, a kind of go-with-what-works that their first love has been lost. The excessive friction that the world has rubbed has caused a thickening to not only share the Good News but also to truly hear it as well. Sadly sometimes other Christians can cause people to become callused by their actions and words. It may not be even realized by many because of the busyness of life has kept focus on taking care of their Spiritual beings.
I have had this happen at various times in my life. Sometimes it has happened as a result of something bad that happened, sometimes it has been just the routine of life itself that has just caused this callused numbing and hardening, even during good times of life this has happened to me. So what do I do?
If one has a callused heel, a pumice stone can be used and to rub off the callus. Then to keep it from become callused again, one must keep it moisturized daily to keep the skin soft.
So what I have realized when my life feels callused, I need to take my heart to THE STONE(chief cornerstone Himself) so that He can rub away the rough areas of my life and get my heart back to being pliable, to being soft enough to work with. Once the hardening has been removed, the best way to keep my life is to moisturize it with prayer and watering it with the Word. Jesus is after all the Living Water.
So how would you feel your heart is? Soft and pliable or hardened and callused? Maybe it is somewhere in between. Are you going to allow the friction of the world cause you to thicken your life or are you going to go to the Stone and have Him keep you soft and pliable. Are you going to moisturize your life daily in prayer and the watering of the Word?
We all need to remain pliable to the Gospel. We need to have tender hearts for others and share His message.