Who Has Your Heart?
“The neglected heart will soon be a heart overrun with worldly thoughts; the neglected life will soon become a moral chaos.”- A.W. Tozier
In 2017, my wife and I celebrated our 32nd anniversary. All these years later, she still has my heart. She is indeed my best friend and the most important relationship in my life on this earth. I think that it is important in any marriage that we ensure that our spouse is the most important human relationship we have. If we allow other people or things to eclipse our spouses in our hearts, the marriage relationship can quickly become endangered.
Similarly, the depths of our spiritual lives will be defined by who or what has the place of preeminence in our hearts and lives. I love the A.W. Tozier quote above as it is so true. If we neglect our hearts in regards to our relationship with God, our hearts will soon be consumed with the things of this world.
The problem with that is the things of this world will never bring us peace, joy, and contentment. We will, in effect, sentence ourselves to a life of searching for answers in things that will not satisfy us. Tozier goes on to say our lives will soon become a moral chaos.
How do we keep from neglecting our hearts toward God? Let me share with you three basic things we need to do to ensure we do not neglect our hearts. The answer to that question is very similar to what it requires to have a strong earthly marriage. First, we must make a commitment to God by receiving Him as Lord and Savior. We must begin the relationship by giving control of our lives to Him through a personal relationship with Him. We simply ask Him to forgive us of sin and ask Him to become the Lord of our life.
Next, we must commit ourselves to growing our relationship with Him on a daily basis. We have to spend time with Him. Our earthly marriages will not flourish without spending time with our spouse and neither will our relationship with God without doing the same.
Finally, we need to ask God to give us the wisdom and strength to stay away from anything that might take God’s place in our hearts. That is precisely what the Bible instructs us to do in 1 John 5:21.
“Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.”
Who has your heart? I pray that the Lord would use this verse to remind us all to do everything we can to keep God as the top relationship of our hearts!