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Where is your heart’s desire?
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The heart is a vital part of a human being. If the heart has problems, it is critical situation for the individual. Just as the muscle called the heart is important the emotional part of man called the heart is also vital to a person’s wellbeing. Hearts fall in love, feel pain, joy, and happiness.

There is another question that everyone should be asked, and that is “How’s your heart spiritually?” This question is even more serious than questions about one’s physical heart. The physical heart one day will stop, so the spiritual heart must be ready to face eternity. Every person needs to stop and think about this sobering thought. The wise man Solomon wrote, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:” (Prov.23:7). If the heart of an individual is chained to the things of the world, then he is worldly. Paul had a companion who loved the world more than God. “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world,” (2 Tim 4:10). His desires got the best of him. Satan works to make man be just like this man Demas so that souls will be lost.

In the old hymn by E. A.

Hoffman entitled, “Is Thy Heart Right with God?” He asked, “Have thine affections been nailed to the cross?” This is a very important question for everyone to ask, especially the Christian. Paul wrote, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory” (Col. 3:1-4). The things of this life are only for a time. Money, cars, houses and the like will be burned up when this world is destroyed in the last day (2 Peter 3:10ff).

Christians should never forget that their desire should be to serve and worship God, seeking to put Him first in everything.

John wrote of the folly of loving the world. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:15-17). We must “nail our affections” to the cross.

To take care of spiritual hearts one must turn to God’s word, read it, study it, and obey it. “Hearts” can be healthy, but it will take work just like keeping the physical heart healthy. Seeking God first (Matt. 6:33) must happen, remembering that the physical things are but for a time. The souls of men will live in eternity either in heaven or hell. God leaves that choice up to each individual.

Each person needs to give their heart to God, realizing that giving the heart will not save unless God’s will be obeyed. Believe in Jesus as the Son of God, repent of sin, confess Jesus before men be baptized for the remission of sins and then live faithfully all the days of ones life.

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