I was just watching President Obama’s State of the Union and was struck by the aim of most of the corrections mentioned for our nation. Education, Jobs, Prevention, Rights…etc. None of these things are bad, but none of them reach out deepest need: A new heart. What good is it if a man gains the whole world but loses his soul? CS Lewis puts it well in his book Mere Christianity, basically saying that education doesn’t change a man’s heart it only makes him more sinister and efficient in his evil. The problem is not how much we know, but the orientation of our hearts.
God is the single greatest gift and need that our hearts need. A Godward heart will lead to a lot of the reforms that these other attempts are aiming at. But they cannot give us a new heart. One that genuinely looks outward, and thinks not of self. This is godliness and not something that can truly be achieved without the redemption accomplished by Jesus and the application of it to our hearts by the Holy Spirit. So that we are not constantly concerned with our needs and wants, but rather how much we can give.