No doubt the heart of man remains one of his most vital organs. It plays a significant role in helping to maintain a healthy circulatory system.
While this important physical function of the heart cannot be overstated, it is however divinely overshadowed by its overall spiritual function.
In religious parlance, the heart can be used to describe the mind, soul or spirit. Its role in spirituality is so vital because it was the only conduit through which God brought the first man to being (Genesis 2:7).
Ever since, the heart of man has remained God’s only access point to mankind. It is the only medium that authorizes God entrance into our lives unhindered (Revelation 3:20).
THERE’S A BATTLE …
Given the spiritual importance of the heart of man, there has been considerable battle for its attention and this can be traced all the way back to the early days of man in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-11).
Having this understanding is therefore crucial in order to lead a successful christian life.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where so many things contend for our attention on a daily basis. While this is not a bad thing, it is however imperative to know what we grant access to in our hearts.
Like the saying goes, “we are what we feed ourselves”. In other words, “garbage in, garbage out”. So, I guess the personal question to ask is: what am I feeding my heart?
KEEP IT SAFE
Being intentional about what should access our hearts is very important in order to maintain a healthy christian lifestyle.
Having said that, it is also pertinent to consider a few things that ought to be denied access. These include:
- Worldliness (Mark 8:36)
- Unforgiveness (Matt. 6:15)
- Bitterness (Ephesians 4:26)
On the other hand, our hearts should readily be open to:
- The word of God (Ps. 119:105)
- Godly associations (2 Cor. 6:14)
- The Spirit of God (Eph. 5:18)
Remember that the heart of man is a battle ground and you must do everything within your power to safeguard it.