Our heart is an idol factory. It is perpetually planting, producing and proposing idols within us until they start to materialize from us. If we are to be intentional about annihilating the idols in our life, we must guard our heart.
Jesus commands us to love God with all of our heart (Mark 12:30). We are able to do this only when our heart has experienced a supernatural renovation and an idolatry disintegration.
The term “heart” is the most comprehensive biblical term for what determines our life direction, behavior, thoughts and intentions. The heart regulates our choices, drives our desires and determines our emotions.
Is the state of our heart(s) an area of greatest concern for you(us)? It should be. Here are four reasons why we must guard our heart:
- The Heart is Unfathomable. The heart is the deepest center of the human person. It is the driving force, and the ultimate source from which our acts and attitudes flow from. It is so deep that only God fully knows it (Jer. 17:9).
- The Heart is Unmeasurable. The heart is the source of the deepest wishes, desires and decisions of the will. The heart is the center of the intellectual and rational functions that we usually ascribe to the mind.
- The Heart is Invaluable. God is deeply concerned about the inner man and the condition of his heart. What we do in word and deed is first and foremost a product of what we are on the inside. This is why Solomon spurs us on above all to guard our heart, for from it flow the springs of life (Prov. 4:23).
- The Heart Insists Interpretation. The bible demands that we harness the concept of the heart by understanding what it is and how it operates as the governing mechanism for all that we are. We must come to a realization that our heart directs our life. It is the executive center from which stem all decisions and deductions that we produce in our person. Only God can plumb the depth of the human heart to grant intepretation of it (1 Sam. 16:7).
If our heart is well-kept and guarded, we are prepared to respond to life in a way that is pleasing to God. The greatest need of you and me and of collective humanity is a heart that is renovated and in which the gospel of Jesus is implanted.
The bible teaches that any good or evil that a human commits or does is a matter of the heart. Jesus says this plainly in Mark 7:21-23:
For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft,murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit,sensuality,envy,slander,pride,foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
Jesus wants us to worship him with our very core, the epicenter of our being, the executive governing organism of our life.
It is the heart and spirit of a person that God desperately wants to renovate so that exclusive allegiance of our hearts would be to Him only and to Him alone.
Question: What practical steps do you (can you) personally take to guard your heart in every day life?