Follow your heart.
I hear it almost daily whether in conversations, music, movies, etc. It’s the motto for so much of our culture. Just follow, your heart knows what it’s doing.
But does it? You’re telling me our little hearts can decide better than our brains? That our hearts have more pull than the wisdom of our elders? That our sin-saturated hearts can actually take us to where God desires us to be without any training?
Open up the Bible, that’s not what God’s word thinks of our hearts…
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9 (NKJV)
Deceitful, wicked. This is what we’re following? This is what guides so many of our crucial decisions in life?
We cannot, as Christians, live and make decisions as the world does. There must be a difference; something visible, tangible. We are called to be followers of Christ, not of ourselves. Christ leads us so that ultimately we may lead others (Jeremiah 3:15). But first, Christ leads us so that we may learn to lead our hearts (Psalm 101).
We are taught how to lead our hearts through prayer, through reading God’s Word, through others in the Body who have learned life lessons, and through our own encounters with spiritual success and failure.
“Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.” Psalm 86:11
Learn so that you may lead. Lead, that you may grow. Grow, that you may reflect. Reflect, that His name might be glorified. Matthew 5:16
“The law of his God is in his heart; His steps do not slip.” Psalm 37:31