Your Heart Can Frustrate Your Mission

Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it”. Your heart determines the course of your life. Your heart, in a spiritual sense, is like a garden. With some careful cultivation, it will enable the life you want. If you leave it unattended, it will frustrate you. The life you want begins from the state of your heart. You cannot steer your world towards a better future if your heart’s not in agreement. When tough times come, you will need a resilient heart to keep going.

The parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-23) illustrates this truth in a perfect way. Jesus describes a farmer who sows their seed without discrimination. Some seed falls on a path with no soil, some on rocky ground with little soil, some on thorny soil, and some on good soil. The seed is taken away in the first case; the seed fails to produce a crop in the second and third soils. However, when it falls on good soil, it grows and yields thirty-, sixty-, or a hundred-fold. Is your heart restricting your success? Or are you on your way to massive success?

It is your duty to ensure your heart is in a condition to support your goals. The road to the wealthy place will take you through fire (Psalms 66:12). What will remain standing after you have been through the storms, floods, and fires of life? Will you stick to your mission even as everything around you devolves into chaos and madness? The solutions you seek are not difficult to find. You must exercise extreme caution when it comes to your heart. As instructed in Joshua 1:8, you must learn to read God’s word and meditate on it every day. Whatever happens, don’t let life’s worries and the allure of wealth divert you from your mission.

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