The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament says this about the meaning of the word heart: "However, in it's abstract meanings, "heart" became the richest biblical term for the totality of man's inner or immaterial nature. It's a metaphor for these aspects of a person: mind; knowledge; reflection; thinking; memory; inclination; resolution;determination of will; conscience; moral character; appetites; emotions and passions; and courage.
The number one assignment of our lives involves the heart.
That's how important it is. In Matthew 22:37, 38, Jesus said He wanted our
heart, soul, and mind. In Luke 10:27, our strength is added to what God is
wanting of us. The point is He wants all that we are. Giving Him what He wants
is the greatest way to care for your heart.
Our old hearts were
programmed, so to speak, to go away from God. The Fall (Genesis 3) permanently
recalibrated the heart of all humankind to disregard God and His love and
purposes for us. That's why I wrote about our need to receive a heart
transplant. Even with a transplant, though, we need to be transformed. The
capacity to love Him is there, but the understanding that is necessary to be
obedient; to do His will so we can love Him fully and freely, has to be
acquired. We can offer ourselves to Him, but we need Him to perform that
metamorphosis in us.
We are sick. He is our Physician. Jesus is our
Donor. He provides His heart; performs the transplant; He writes the
prescriptions; He makes the medicine that brings us health and life. He is our
all in all.
Here are a few scriptural prescriptions for the care and
feeding of our new hearts:
Romans 12:1, 2
gives us a new heart because the old one was incapable of becoming what God
wants for us and what He knows we need, so He is constantly performing upgrades
and enhancements. Our responsibility is to stay connected to Him so we can
present ourselves to Him as living sacrifices. That means we have to be
available, near Him, minimizing the influence of things that distract us from
being completely available for Him to do His healing work in
He instructs us to not let our
hearts be troubled, agitated, stirred, full of
Philippians 4:6-8; Psalm 16:11
a difference where we live. Certain physical maladies we have are improved if
we live in warmer, drier climates. Biblically speaking, as far as the
well-being of our hearts are concerned, we shouldn't live in places like
Dramaville or Stresston or Los Anxious or Turmoil Valley, to name a few. You
know what I mean. We should live in His presence where there is fullness of
joy. We should abide in close fellowship with Him in prayer and He will pour
out His peace on us. We should dwell on things that are good and that will move
us closer to Him and calm our hearts.
John 6:35; Psalm
Even a change in diet is good. Bread, water, and honey
are great for you. Do what the Doctor orders.
There's so much more that
He wants to do for us. He says if we seek Him with our whole heart, we will
find Him. That may sound like He's hiding from us, but He isn't. Take the
prescriptions. Change your diet.
Love Him with all that you are and He
will reveal to you great and mighty things you do not know.
Seek Him with
all your heart.