Read Matthew 15:1-20
There are realities beyond that which we regularly see and hear.
- Of course, some of those realities are just too tiny for the average person to observe. Science on the microscopic and atomic levels reminds us of this.
- And then there are realities that are just too distant for the naked eye to take in. Astronomers and instruments like the Hubble Telescope point these out to us.
- Don’t forget there is also a spiritual realm of angels and demons. The Scriptures point to these realities and our own experience demonstrates their existence (Eph. 6:10-20).
But our focus today turns to the less visible and audible realm of the heart . . . not the muscle in your chest responsible for pumping blood, but that part of us that represents the core of our thoughts and the motivation for our actions.
So often, we, like the Pharisees and scribes of old, give attention to the external activities of life – whether hands are washed and which foods are eaten. But while personal hygiene and a healthy diet are important, they do not in and of themselves endear us to or distance us from God. Instead, at the end of the day, our relationship with the Father is a heart issue.
Don’t misunderstand. Though it is an “invisible” heart issue, at times, it bubbles to the surface. It is then that our spiritual heart health is obvious in the tell-tale words, attitudes, and actions that divulge its true condition. But, even when it remains unseen, our hearts, thoughts, and attitudes can be distant from God.
As we begin today to focus on our thoughts, it is important that we recognize the incredible power of this seemingly invisible realm. While an EKG, stress test, and catheterization give you indications of the health of your physical heart, your thoughts are perhaps one of the best indicators of your spiritual heart health. How healthy is it?
In the days ahead, we will learn other principles that will help us to pursue a healthier heart by thinking biblically.