7. Refusal to Serve or Be Ministered To
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Jesus ministered to singles and the masses. He served many. Miracles happened. Lives were changed. Can you imagine missing that opportunity? Oftentimes, a hardened heart will cause us to do just that. We’ll refuse to serve. We’ll refuse being ministered to. And we’ll miss those Jesus miracles.
Several Bible verses describe missed miracles and ministering opportunities—and the grief a hardened heart brings Jesus. Read Mark 3:3-5 for one example: “Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, ‘Stand up in front of everyone.’ Then Jesus asked them, ‘Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?’ But they remained silent. He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.”
But it’s not too late. We can pray about those opportunities and our heart’s condition. We can jump in and get involved once again.
8 Bible Verses about Hardened Hearts
The Bible contains many verses about the heart. Several are listed below in the WEB translation with one KJV verse noted.
2 Chronicles 36:13, “He also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart against turning to Yahweh, the God of Israel.”
Ephesians 4:17-19, “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their hearts; who having become callous gave themselves up to lust, to work all uncleanness with greediness.”
Matt. 15:19, “For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual sins, thefts, false testimony, and blasphemies.”
Mark 6:52, “For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened” (KJV).
Proverbs 28:14, “Blessed is the man who always fears; But one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.”
Romans 2:5, “But according to your hardness and unrepentant heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;”
Zech. 7:12, “Yes, they made their hearts as hard as flint, lest they might hear the law, and the words which Yahweh of Hosts had sent by his Spirit by the former prophets. Therefore great wrath came from Yahweh of Hosts.”
Matt. 19:8, “He said to them, ‘Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it has not been so.’”
Other Bible verses use the phrase “do not hardened your heart,” including the two below.
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