Our Bible verse for today: “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored in him.” Matthew 12:34-35 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Follow your heart.”
In yesterday’s devotional I explained that God is in the process of transforming you into the man or woman He wants you to be. Your life is a work of art in His hands and you are His masterpiece in the making. It is actually your heart that He is molding and shaping. The rest of your life is the outward manifestation of what is in your heart. That’s what Jesus was referring to in Matthew 12:34-35.
To a very large degree a person’s actions are driven by what is in his or her heart. It’s true that those impulses and inclinations can be controlled to an extent, and for a while, through simple will power and discipline, but ultimately it’s what is in your heart that will determine how you think; that will then determine the choices you make; which will dictate the actions you take; and the actions you take will collectively add up to the life you have.
With respect to seeking God’s guidance in any given moment, there are two lessons in this for us. First, commit yourself to the daily spiritual disciplines that will keep you in a position before God whereby He can progressively transform your heart. This is the first and best way to conform to God’s will for your life. If your heart has been molded and shaped into something that is good and holy, the rest of your life will follow along. Good decisions on your part will occur largely automatically simply because of who God has transformed you into.
The second lesson in this for us involves conscious choice on our part. As you are considering the choices before you, consider which one would most likely be made by a person with the kind of heart Jesus described in Matthew 12:34-35 – a heart that is a storehouse of good. That’s the kind of heart you want to have, it’s the kind of heart that God is trying to form within you, and it is the kind of heart that will lead to good decisions.
It’s we are often confronted with desires and impulses that are not consistent with a good heart, and which pull us strongly in a different direction. So think, which choice would be most consistent with the kind of heart Jesus described? Then make that choice. Make it regardless of any other impulses or desires you might be experiencing at the moment.
When I encouraged you to “follow your heart”, this is what I meant. Consider the good that is stored up in your heart and let that be what guides your thinking and your actions.