By: Zach Collins
The human heart is an amazing, awe-inspiring work of God. It is at the center of anatomical relevance within the human body. Without the heart, the human body seizes to exist. Here’s some fun facts. On average, your heart beats at least one-hundred thousand times a day. Through those thousands of beats, your heart pumps two-thousand gallons of blood each day. This all occurs within an organ the size of your fist, literally. But, the human heart is of more than anatomical relevance.
The human heart is of individual relevance as well. The heart doesn’t just pump the blood within your body, it is also an emotionally powerful concept. The heart can be an inspirer. Some of the best and most genuine inspiration comes from within yourself. The heart can inspire you to challenge the unchallengeable, to overcome impossible obstacles in order to achieve the impossible. The heart can be a leader. Its leadership can lead you to heights you never thought you could achieve. The heart can drive you to your limit so that you can prove to yourself that you have no limits. Its leadership is the passion that drives us to journey uncharted paths within our life. The heart can change. Just as the season’s change, the heart can change the direction of your life. You could have your entire life planned out in great detail and, in the blink of an eye, you could have a change of heart. The heart possesses the power to exhort great change in your life, along with the lives of others.
Yet, the heart possesses relevance of other sorts. The heart is also of spiritual relevance. To me, the heart, and your mind, are the internal guide of your soul. The heart is referenced within the King James Version of the Bible eight-hundred and six times in both the Old and New Testament. In those biblical mentions, the word heart often denotes a guiding factor within your life. My favorite reference, Matt. 6:21. This verse says, “For where you treasure is, there your heart will be also.” What do you think this verse is referencing? If we look to the preceding verse, Jesus is speaking about the importance of laying up our treasure with things eternal, not temporary, (Matt. 6:20). So, I think it is simple, priorities. Our treasure refers to the matters in which we hold value, or our priorities. In each of our lives, we hold certain priorities. Some hold priorities within their career, some hold priorities within their community groups, and some hold priorities with their family. But, what should be the first priority within our lives? Our Faith. We should seek God first within our lives (Matt. 6:33), not second. Instead of including God within our priorities, we should build our priorities around God. Just as some people risk everything for certain priorities, we should risk everything for God. But, in order to do so, you must develop a mindset. This mindset stems from our love of God, a love that should flow from all of our heart and all of our soul (Matt. 22:37-38). If we hold God in the highest of priorities, as this verse says, “there your heart will be also.” Priorities are simple. Wherever your priorities lie, there your heart will be also. Where do your priorities lie?
As I said in the beginning, the heart is an amazing, awe-inspiring work of God. It is relevant in so many different aspects within your life, especially within our priorities. Wherever your priorities lie, there your heart will be also. It’s simple. But, just as the heart can change, your priorities can change as well. Let your heart inspire you to lead a change within your priorities. Then, your heart will lie with an eternal treasure, a treasure that lie with God, not a temporary treasure, a treasure that lies with the world. So, the question is, where does your heart lie?
Reader’s Verse of Encouragement: Psalm 73:26
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (ESV)