Last year December, I was asking God for instruction and direction on a particular situation and the question I asked God was – God what must I do for you to change this situation that stand as a stumbling block in my life? The answer was, your heart must be fixed on me. Jeremiah 29:13 to 14 says that: You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.
At the beginning of January 2014, I was discussing some stuff with one of my family friend and I asked her to pray with me. And she said check your heart! I was really angry and I though why will she say something like that to me, after all I only ask her to pray with me. Or did she think I've backslide? I took it too personal, for days I was pondering on those three words (Check your heart) and again and again the word started echoing in my ears. Just of resent I begin to understand the message she was trying to pass across to me.
In Mark 7:21-23: Jesus pointed out the fallen condition of our hearts “From within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man unclean.”
You see, I may not understand my own hearts, but God does. He “knows the secrets of the heart” (Psalm 44:21). Jesus “knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man” (John 2:24-25). Based on His knowledge of the heart, God can judge righteously: “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:10).
Our heart is the core of our being, and the Bible sets high importance on keeping our hearts pure: “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
The woman with the issue of blood had her heart fixed on Jesus and the fountain of blood coming out of her body for years dried up during an encounter with God. She didn't mind the filthy smell that was oozing out of her, in the midst of multitude that were following Jesus-all she wanted was her healing (Mark 5:25-29). Until our heart is right with Him, we will keep attracting garbage.
In the book of Mark 10:46-52. I can hear the blind Bartimaeus said, “If I don’t get the attention of Jesus today, I may not have the opportunity again.” So he screamed, “Jesus, the son of David, have mercy on me.” On seeing his heart (Bartimaeus), Jesus stood still to change his story. When He sees your heart beat for Him, He’ll stand to reverse your case. Jesus said to him, “your faith has made you well.”
The morale of the whole story is that the heart is the spiritual part of us where our emotions and desires dwell. This simply means wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
May God help us by His grace to prepare our heart and to set our face like a flint, to study to show ourselves approved to God in 2015. Amen!