Christians, when you get in your car and drive down the road, how do make sure you get to where you need to go? You TURN the steering wheel, you know the path you are taking, you know the destination, you turn the steering wheel to come into alignment with your plan and your will.
It is the same with the Christian heart. The ‘heart is the steering wheel’ of our spiritual body. This simply means that wherever a person wants to go, they will turn their heart towards that and the rest of them will follow. Not all paths are good, but some people steer down them anyway. Remember what Jesus said, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” If you set your heart on accumulating wealth and riches, you will go down whatever streets (lie/cheat/steal) to get to that destination.
Christians, as servants of Christ, we need to make sure we set our hearts on the right destination. So I ask you, where are you headed? Where do you have your heart turning? Many Christians would say, “my calling”. Whatever God has asked you to fulfill; ministry, raising a family, teaching, in the corporate world, etc. Do not get me wrong, it is great to be passionate about what we do in life, but we have a destination that is Higher. We need to set our hearts on fulfilling the greatest commandment, “to love the Lord God with all your heart, mind, soul, strength.” You see, you can fulfill your calling, make a name (even a Christian name) for yourself in this world and still miss the mark. Jesus said people on that day will say, “Lord, Lord, we did all these things in your name”, and His response was that He did not know them. Their hearts were not set on loving God, on having intimacy with Him, so He did not know them in that way. He knew their intentions but they never took the time to set their hearts on only Him.
So what do we do? We check to make sure we are headed in the right direction. We need to be absolutely sure that the greatest desire in our hearts is to love God, to truly love Him, to obey Him, to worship Him, to spend time with Him, to wait on Him. We cannot chase after anything in this world, not matter how ‘righteous’ it may SEEM. We have to madly pursue God with such intensity that nothing can come stop us. If we do it right, then we will fulfill the second commandment, because you won’t be able to stop loving your neighbors as yourself. And as we seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, He will add everything else to us. We must take control of our hearts, steer them right into eternity.
Father God, we repent and turn away from anything that we have steered toward, that is not apart of your plan for our lives. We desire you and you alone. We pray that your Spirit will help us to set YOU as our destination, and help turn our hearts and keep them driving toward an intimate relationship with you, that overflows into loving those around us! In Jesus Name, Amen.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God will all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”” Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV)
Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name? And then I will say to them openly (publicly), I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands]. Matthew 7:22-23 (AMP)
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve. Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NIV)
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right persevering and steadfast spirit within me. Psalms 51:10 (AMP)
written and posted by Daniel Poggensee | 2019