“The heart of the problem is the problem of the heart.”
Undoubtedly, each and every one of us is facing problems at all levels. On a global scale, our world continues to battle the pandemic. A virus we cannot see is killing tens of thousands daily, causing long term changes to not only the world economy but to individual lifestyle. Disasters brought about by climate change devastate communities. Our own country faces a general election that divides us, showing us the dark and even disturbing side of our political system and its leaders. As individuals, we wrestle with sickness, suffering, and other inevitable personal dilemmas.
The heart of all these problems is, in fact, the problem of the heart. There is no problem-free system, no problem-free community nor problem-free lifestyle. And, even if there was, it would sooner or later be overcome by problems at the hands of human manipulation.
The Scripture warns us early on: “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). Above all deceitful things, our heart is at the very top of the list. Can you imagine that? Our hearts are the root problem of all problems!
No human invention can solve this heart problem–no political systems, no philosophical ideals, no scientific inventions, no degree, no religion! Only the salvation graciously extended to us by the death and resurrection of Jesus on the Cross can solve the heart problem. The Bible promises that whoever believes in and dedicates their lives to Jesus is a new creation–with a new heart! It is our transformation in Christ that will solve the root problem of all problems.
At times it may seem that engaging in personal evangelism does nothing to solve the problems we face as individuals or as communities. Yet, personal evangelism is, in fact, the most effective solution in the long run. Within each of our own unique positions, whether at work, school, or home, let us continue to share the Gospel of the Cross using both our actions and words.