|Posted on November 15, 2010 at 12:34 PM|
"I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you..." - Ephesians 1:18 (NIV)
This Sunday we're going to do one of the modern Christian standards, "Open The Eyes of My Heart" by Paul Baloche. Being the creative musical type I am, frankly I'm a little sick of this song. But as I'm fond of reminding myself, "it's not all about me", and it's message is timeless.
I love the NLT, but for some reason it doesn't use the beautiful imagery the NIV and several other translations do..."open the eyes of my heart". I'm only going to scratch the surface of what could be said here, but let me touch on an epiphany I had awhile back that has really been helpful to me.
Proverbs 4:23 states, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."
I heard Pastor Brady Boyd of New Life Church in Colorado Springs give a whole sermon series based off this passage, and it convinced me this is one of the key verses in Scripture. To really get this, I think we have to at least attempt to grasp what the Bible means when it refers to the heart. The NIV Study Bible says about the heart: "In Biblical language the center of the human spirit, from which spring emotions, thoughts, motivations, courage and action -- the wellspring of life." Matt 12:34,35 states, "For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart." I have always told my kids (because anything told in computer language makes more sense to them), "Be careful what you put in your hard-drive". In other words,whatever we see or hear is in there for good. And the Bible says out of that comes everything about us....essentially it produces our character. Want to produce the character of Christ? Be careful what goes in your "hard-drive"!
Obviously this touches on all kinds of areas and warnings of the tongue and what a weapon it can be, but the point here is what fruit do we want to produce? Juicy, plump, delicious fruit, or rotten, smelly stuff? When scripture mentions the heart we need to take special note, because Father is taking special note of ours.
"Father, help me to guide the eyes and ears of my heart, so that out of it can spring goodness, mercy, grace, and all the good fruits of the spirit. Give me the courage to turn away and tune out that which does not edify and glorify You, so that I can live a life pleasing to Your taste."