It’s hard to guard your home from intruders if your house isn’t being guarded properly. You can have doors, but if you leave them opened or unlocked you leave yourself susceptible to intruders.
In the same way it’s difficult to maintain a heart for God when our heart isn’t properly guarded. If we leave the doors of our heart open, or if the locks of our heart are broken, ungodly things can creep in.
Because Proverbs 4:23 instructs us to “Guard our heart” we have to do just that. But how?
By doing heart checks.
We check our hearts by…
- Checking our motives — what causes you to do what you do? Kindness or selfish gain?
- Checking our desires — do you crave what’s godly and true, or what’s impure?
- Checking our voids — are you filling the voids in your heart with God, or something else?
If our motives are wrong, like helping someone only to receive a pat on the back, our heart has a broken lock. And if the lock is broken our heart’s door will be opened to pride.
If our desires are wrong, like asking someone “What’s wrong?” only to be in their business and not to comfort them, our heart has a broken lock. And if that lock is broken our heart’s door is opened to gossip.
If the voids in our life is filled incorrectly, with something such as money, sex, or relationships, our heart has a broken lock. And if that lock is broken, our heart’s door will be opened to greed and bad relationships.
Or maybe our hearts are filled with grudges. If we don’t forgive, that broken lock can leave an open door for hatred.
Today, I challenge you to go to God and ask Him to give you a heart check-up. For Him to show you how your heart is doing.
Because just like you go to the doctor to make sure your heart is physically OK, we must go to God to make sure our heart is spiritually well.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart… (Psalms 139:23)”
“Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and mind (Psalm 26:2)”
Can you think of any other “broken locks” we may have in our lives?
Related post: Why we need to guard our heart.