Where Is Your Heart Leading You?

Biblical Authority Devotional: The Beatitudes, Part 12

by Steve Ham on July 14, 2011

People are often told to follow their hearts, but there is a real danger in this philosophy. Steve Ham, AiG–U.S., explains what the Bible teaches about the human heart.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8)

Today’s big question: where is your heart leading you?

“Home is where the heart is.” Most people have heard this saying. What we desire most is where we feel most comfortable. While this statement is often used as a sentiment, it can also be dangerous. 

If we want to get a sense of where our heart is likely to lead us, we should consider the biblical explanation of the human heart. The Bible states that prior to the Flood of Noah’s day, God “saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:4). The Lord severely judged humanity by flooding the entire earth. 

In His infinite mercy, the Lord spared eight people from destruction who would repopulate the world. These eight people came off the boat and sacrificed to God. At this stage, God once again described the human heart. He said that “the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth” (Genesis 8:21).

Left to our own devices, our heart is unlikely to lead us in the right direction. This is true even when we think we are doing good because many of our good deeds are done for selfish reasons. We often do good deeds because they make us feel good, and we desire to please ourselves. In these cases, even though we do good deeds, the intent of man’s heart is still evil.

Our passage today stands in direct contrast to man’s general condition. True purity can only come through faith in Christ because it is only God’s purity that can transform our hearts. God frees us from our own selfish motivations and gives us a desire to serve Christ. Through the renewing of our minds and the transformation of our hearts we long for our true home with the Lord. The old hymn rightly states that “the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”

John Owen once said that we cannot apprehend the glory of Christ in heaven unless we first see it on earth. Presently we only see the glory of God as through a glass dimly, but living in Christ Jesus guarantees we will see His glory in all its brilliance throughout eternity. Until our heart has been transformed through faith in Jesus Christ, we will never truly see God and the home found securely with Him.

Today’s big idea: only a heart transformed by Christ can lead us in purity to see God.

What to pray: ask God to create in you a pure heart so that you may see the brilliant glory of the Son.

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