You are sure to hear it any time you find yourself at a crossroads in life. Change in your relationship status? Follow your heart. Looking for a new career? Follow your heart. Don’t know which way to turn? Follow your heart. It has become a cliché in our “me” society. Everything we do is based on our own thoughts and feelings. Life soon begins to look like the relativistic mess our culture currently resides in.
What gives this advice even more clout is that Christians are as likely as anyone else to say it. It just sounds good, doesn’t it? Following your heart sounds like something we should all be doing to “live our best lives now.’ It’s so common in this world where it’s hard to tell a difference between your favorite Pastor and a motivational speaker. It’s such an ego-centric saying that we want it to be true. But as we should know by now, correct and incorrect aren’t terms measured by how much we think something should be true. So lets be objective and find out what the Scriptures say about a man’s heart and our incessant need to follow it.
Jeremiah 17:9 tells us: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
The Word says that the very thing we choose to act as our guide is deceitful. Not just deceitful, but primarily deceitful. Lying to you is what your heart specializes in. Why? Because it is desperately sick. The reason our hearts are sick is because we are born with a sinful nature. Ever since the first man decided to play God and follow his own will instead of the will of the Lord, we have been completely immersed in sin. Following your heart is all about doing what you feel you need to do. We have taken God out of the equation and replaced Him with our feelings. When our feelings become our God, we’ve committed the same fatal sin as Satan. We have tried to become God over our own lives. This is idolatry and you are your own golden calf.
Christians, listen carefully… It’s not about you, But your heart will tell you that it is. Jesus said in Matt 6:24, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” You cannot say you want to follow your heart and follow Jesus simultaneously. Jesus came to save you from your heart. You see, left to our own devices we have more than a tendency to make a mess of things. Our own thoughts are those of evil. It’s a sickness that is held by every member of the human race. We have an inability to discover our true purpose and meaning outside of the will of God.
Proverbs 14:12 tells us “There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof is death.” This speaks directly to the desire in our hearts to follow our own paths, even if it means following them to our grave. We serve one whose will is much greater than ours, whose path and purpose for our lives far exceeds the things we dream up in our minds. Don’t follow something so sick and deceitful to your death, follow Christ to everlasting life.