Well, it seems appropriate to start off this series with the heart as the first organ. The heart is a very important organ as you can imagine already, it seems apt to say “no heart, no life”. However, the intention of this write up is not to particularly consider the anatomical heart, but rather to look at it figuratively.
There is a passage of Bible that in Proverbs 23:7(a):
For as he thinketh in his heart, so he is…
The man can not be different from the quality of the processes that have come to define the inner recesses of his heart. This is so critical, in fact, one of the central effects of salvation is a new heart. The path of the believer can not be lived out with his old heart. The only way to sustainably alter the course of your life and sustainably so is to start with your heart. The measure of a man is not a function of who people think he is, or who he thinks he is actually but rather, the composite effects of the output of his heart. It seems easier to describe the heart in this sense as the center of the overlap of the man’s spirit and soul. You may have a better or contrary description, feel free to comment in the comments section.
If what has been implied about the heart is true, then our responsibility is huge, and indeed it is because divine wisdom goes on to tell us in a nutshell what we ought to do.
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4:23NLT)
Various forces and pressures will seem to want to gain influence upon our hearts, we must be deliberate about what we allow and what we withstand because whenever our hearts are in the equation, our very lives are essentially on the line.
A good starting point for us is to importantly then first, get a new heart, and that can only be gotten from the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is an event that eternally alters the courses of our lives for the best. All that is needed to be done is to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and confessing Him as our Lord and Saviour.
This step charts a new course in our lives and redefines who we are.
Truly, life depends on the heart.