Every night we tend to ensure that every door is properly locked and every bolt is securely in place before retiring to bed. Imagine the sense of security that results from turning a key twice in a lock, such that sometimes we grip the door knob and give it a forceful shove just to allay any remaining fears. Also, with the increased use of smart technology has come a need for better protection and privacy. We tend to have so much information on our handheld devices that third-party interference can quite significantly be detrimental. What then is the go-to option? Security codes! People go as far as placing locks on some apps on their phones! These are human mechanisms designed to keep us safe and they are very effective in accomplishing that task. Bolts for doors and codes for phones, but what of our hearts and to some extent our minds?
With the world becoming a global village, there is so much information readily available and easily accessible. All you need to do is take a walk outside and no sooner than later, the world would serve you with its juiciest of contents. There are all kinds and genres of music blaring through speakers, so many sites to visit, so much content to see and interact with, not to mention various fashion trends and lifestyles. It is in such a situation that the Bible asks us to guard our hearts (Proverbs 4:23). The term to guard literally means to keep faithfully. Just like the mechanisms we employ to ensure our safety, the Bible admonishes that we put in place structures that would always help keep our Christian lives in check.
One of these mechanisms, is learning to stay our focus on Jesus and His will. Isaiah 26:3 says “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. (NKJV)” Try as we might, we have little or no control over what the world serves us. However, we have absolute control over how much of the world’s content we assimilate. Whatever the heart loves, the ears will hear and the eyes will see. It is very expedient for the heart to be drawn into love for God. It is then that we can train our ears to hear His voice, and obey Him in every aspect of our lives. Is it possible to stay our focus on Jesus? Absolutely! When the word of God becomes the standard by which we judge our everyday actions, and fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit becomes a necessity, we would no sooner find our lives within the circumference of God’s will. So, the psalmist prays, let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14, NKJV)
Quite recently I chanced upon a tweet that read “The devil is not trying to take your money, your car or your stuff. He is after your mind. If he can keep you weary and stressed out, he knows eventually you would wreck the car, lose your money and hate your life. Guard your thoughts and keep your mind stayed on Christ.” The amount of truth this single message conveys is profound. You can attest to the fact that the things of God lose their appeal when there is a conflict of interest with the things you hold dear. It tells us that staying our hearts is a discipline we ought to cultivate if we would live victorious Christian lives. Just like we calibrate instruments for maximum performance, we need to slowly and deliberately learn to incline our will and minds towards God’s will.
The battle lines have been drawn! Every moment we step out of our closets and the church building, we are engaged in a serious tug-of-war for our minds. For whoever controls your mind, has the greatest influence on your life. Would you let the world win or you would guard your heart with the word of God and prayer? The choice is yours to make.
Caleb Asante Birikorang
Editor- Librarian, PENSA – KNUST