Should I Follow My Heart?
All throughout our culture, we are bombarded with hedonistic messages that try to teach us that our happiness is what our lives should be about. If it feels good, go for it. If it makes you happy, go for it. Yet Kingdom citizens cannot live their lives based on this flawed premise. The Bible says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jer. 17:9) So if every decision is based solely upon how I feel and what my heart says, how can I truly know the will of God and obtain all that He has for me?
Jesus not only desires to be our Savior, He also desires to be our Lord. As our Savior, He redeems us from the law of sin and death and puts us back in right relationship with the Father. But as our Lord, He rules our daily lives beyond the moment we prayed the sinner’s prayer. We are now under Him and follow His direction for our lives. This is not an automatic process. Our brains are wired to feed on knowledge and ideas. If we are not intentional about feeding on the Word of God, we will find ourselves feeding on anything – even on the “feel good” standard of the world.
Our mission, as Kingdom citizens, is to purposely and regularly feed on the Word of God so we can get know God and who we are in Him. God has certainly put a “knowing” in all of us of right and wrong. But as we take inventory of how we feel, the line between the two can get severely blurred. Only the Word of God can be our ultimate standard of God’s way of doing and being right. It is our ultimate compass!