“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)
What is the trajectory of our life? Going forward have we made a decision to walk and please God more and more? (1 Thes. 4:1) So much pertains to the keeping of our heart with all diligence.
To keep our heart with all diligence we must give careful and constant attention to our thought life. What do we permit to play in the theater of our mind? The world gives ratings for movies. The only thing the believer needs to ask is “Lord, is this an acceptable meditation in Your sight? Should I be seeing this in my mind’s eye?”
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)
We only have so much space in our hearts and minds. What we think on has the potential to consume that internal space. Out of the abundance of our heart flow words and actions. The word that should be fruitful in our life can fail to benefit us because the ground of our heart is taken up with thorns. (Mark 4:19)
John Wesley understood that growth in God was not automatic. He said, “Do not seek a ministry, anticipate the fruit of a disciplined life.” What we sow, we reap. Don’t allow the garden of your heart to become overgrown. Tending to our heart is a duty we must take seriously. The very direction of our life depends on it.