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September 18, 2013

Heart Health

Is your life crowded? Do the worries of this life and the desire for worldly wealth fill your mind daily? This is the type of person Jesus described in Matthew 13:22, “The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the Word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.” All good gardeners know that soil needs to be maintained and replenished to stay healthy. If seed is planted in sun parched soil stripped of life giving properties, the seed dies. So it is with our hearts.

Worry is a silent killer that robs our capacity to invest in the lives others. Philippians 4:4-7 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” It is difficult to rejoice when we’re worrying. Through prayer we can keep the soil, which is our heart, healthy.

Our desire for wealth also deadens our sensitivity to the work God is doing. 1 John 2:16-17 says, “For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” Only the things we do in the name of the Father will last forever. So, what is the condition of your heart? Are you having an eternal impact in the lives of those around you?