Just Follow Your Heart…
Just follow your heart!
The sincere cry of western society today. Everyone says it. All the “successful” athletes and pop stars say it, “Just follow your heart and you can be like me!” We even hear this message dipped in Christianese and preached from the pulpit of liberal Christianity by people like Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyers. The message is simple and appealing. They say things like, “God gave you a desire and you just need to follow it. you just need to believe in yourself and follow your heart.” It sounds fantastic doesn’t it? Of course your heart must want what is best for you, right? I mean all the Disney princesses follow their hearts into happy ever after right? And if you Google, “follow your heart,” there is no shortage of cutsey images and breathtaking scenery with the phrase. Just follow your heart! It sounds so good!
I am going to have to hit the pause button on this Disney movie. Sorry to ruin all the cotton candy good times here…
But your heart is a liar and if you follow it you are a fool.
Where did that come from?
Liar? Fool? Those are strong words! Yeah but they are not my words. They are God’s…Jeremiah says, “
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”
And Proverbs says,
“He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But whoever walks wisely will be delivered.”
Sorry to break it to you.
I can attest to those verses in my own life. I followed my heart into a world of sin and heartache, and no matter how much I tried to blame him… the devil didn’t make me do it. It was all me. My heart wanted what was evil, what was sinful, what was selfish. My heart told me that I would like those things, that those things would make me feel good, and everything would be better. It lied to me. But if I am completely honest, if it were not for the work of the Spirit in my life, I would still follow my heart into the depths of hell.
How can you say that? You are a Christian! Your heart is changed! Yes but not completely. My heart will only be made perfect when I am with Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour, after this life. While I am here, my heart is not to be trusted. Neither was king David’s heart to be trusted. “The man after God’s own heart,” followed his own heart when he committed adultery and murder. Neither is your heart to be trusted.
Look at your heart.
Really look at it.
How many of you Christian guys follow Jesus Christ, long to serve him, and have devotions, but when you are tired, or in a time of distress you slip, stumble and fall into sin? Maybe you get drunk? Maybe you use porn? Or to use an example from a previous post, maybe when it is 3am, and the baby cries for the 5th time, and that curse word dribbles down your chin…What does that say about your heart? Should you follow it?
So please don’t follow your heart. I beg you. Don’t listen to that liar. Don’t be a fool. Instead, do the opposite. That is, be wise and listen to the truth. Proverbs 1:7 tells us,
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
And psalm 119:160 says,
The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.
Seek Him. Run after wisdom. And then maybe your heart will be conformed to his. In that you will find true Joy and happiness…not in following your heart.