One Passion to Rule Them All

Unite My Heart Art“Follow your heart” is a maxim often repeated today, as if the heart knows all and is generally regarded as a good leader.  But, is the heart a good leader?  Mine can be fickle at times, so then what?

The heart is often spoken of as the center of desire, the most intimate part of a person reserving room for our deepest longings.  Desire is the passion of the heart and determines what we want and what we will do to get what we want.     

Living life with one love describes the heart won by Jesus and sealed by His Spirit.  But, even though, I truly love Christ, I personally find my heart can be divided in its loves.  With sincerity, I may speak of Christ as my all in all, the center of my devotion; but, in reality, it is easy to get distracted with other interests.  Paul writes to the believers in Corinth about the complications and diversions that captivate our attention.  He says, “From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it.  For the present form of this world is passing away. I want you to be free from anxieties.  … I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint on you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.”  (I Corinthians 7:29-32, 35).  What?  Exactly, what is Paul saying?  Don’t get distracted with every day life?  How then are we to live in the world?  Paul actually does make sense, because he understands the heart.  The heart is the center of the personality, the place where your commitments exist.  Whatever your heart is most passionately trusting in & deeply loving sets the course for everything else.  But, if your heart is divided, and you do not have one single, consuming passion, then your heart pulls in multiple directions.  It can get so tangled up, that the disordered loves actually pull in opposing directions.  
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Disordered love leads to an eventual break-up. Loving secondary things as if they were the primary naturally leads to consequences that reflect the conflict.

True freedom and self-control
involves rightly ordering your loves.

 

Self-control is loving supreme things supremely with undivided attention & affection.

Paul gets the importance of this kind of united heart in the Christian’s life and emphasizes the need for centering on one primary goal.  He uses an athlete to illustrate it further, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize?  So run that you may obtain it.  Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. ”  (I Corinthians 9:24-25).  Live life with your eyes resolutely fixed on the prize!  Let your eyes be fixed on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith!   Let one consuming passion rule!

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When Fear Paralyzes

key to my life   FEAR PARALYZES.  God gave his people an inheritance of land with a promise. However, the people of Joseph came to their leader Joshua complaining that that their population was too dense for the land space allotted to them. Joshua didn’t budge. If they were so numerous, then be a numerous people with great power and make something of the land. Still, they complained of the obstacles that seemed to define them in their shaky selves. Joshua kept pushing back with God’s promise already given to them.

What devastating weakness lurks in my life, that doubt that makes me shake in my boots?  Remember, fear paralyzes when we forget who is in control. Measure risk by God’s promise. His promise is a sure thing outweighing the loss every time.

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
(Col. 1:11-12)

Tim Keller object of faith
Often, courage  is defined by NOT reflecting what we are surrounded by, but rather courage will call for us to step away from the devastating norm and lead into a new direction by faith in God’s promise.