This past week my wife Alicia received a kidney transplant in Charlotte. Alicia was diagnosed with a hereditary kidney disease while she was pregnant with our daughter in 2008, and since then her kidneys began to shut down at a rapid rate. In early 2010 Alicia was approved for a transplant, but was told the waiting time for a new organ was 3-5 years.
Two weeks later we had a match.
A very generous man in our church named Sean had himself tested, and over the course of almost 6 months underwent a ton of testing. Finally, on September 13th, Sean allowed his working kidney to be removed from his body and placed into the body of my wife. Through a process known as a transplant, Alicia now has a healthy, functioning organ that she otherwise would not have had.
A transplant is a life saving procedure that requires either a selfless living donor or the death of a thoughtful donor. I can’t help but think about how Jesus Christ offers us a similar life changing transplant.
Jesus will remove our evil heart and replace it with a new pure heart. This transplant is possible through the sacrifice of our selfless Savior, and He makes it available to all who call out to Him for it. This new pure heart is essential to new life with Christ.
“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.”