Actions Follow the Heart

It can be quite inspiring meeting really passionate people.  However when people are so passionate about one particular topic you see that their focus always leads them back to their area of passion.

1 Kings 11.1-13

Reference:  v.4  As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. (NIV Bible)

Explore:  It can be quite inspiring meeting really passionate people.  However when people are so passionate about one particular topic you see that their focus always leads them back to their area of passion.  I know a person who loves the gym.  She started attending the gym to get fit but soon her whole timetable was configured around when she could fit in a gym session.  She became so passionate about the gym that she took a part time course and became a personal trainer.  She has now quit her job and works at a gym and so is able to spend even more time there.  She is so focused on the gym that every conversation ends up with a story about the gym, her Facebook status is always a reference to the gym and now her main circle of friends are from the gym.  Her heart was set on the gym and so her actions have followed.

Application:  Our actions follow our heart.  Solomon’s heart became focused on his wives and concubines and so his actions followed.  If we set our heart on something our actions follow as well.  The verse from Matthew 6.21 is very true: For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  While it is good to have many interests and ways of expressing our talents, it is important for us to keep in check where our heart is.  If our heart is set on God then our actions will follow God.  If our heart is set on the things of this world then our actions will follow them too.

Prayer:  Lord, we know that you are all we need but so often we are tempting by other delights.  May our hearts stay focused on you, our God and our King.  Amen.

If someone looked at your actions today, what would they say your heart is focused upon?

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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