What I read today;
Romans 15; Matthew 15; Isaiah 15; Job 15; Joshua 15; Genesis 15
In our society, we seem to have an overconcern for external sources of dirt. There are signs all over the place reminding employees of restaurants to wash their hands after using the restroom. We always tell people who are going to foreign countries not to drink the water. We like to dust and clean our homes to make them look like they are clean. Our local governments spend billions of dollars, making sure our water is the purest possible and then rather than drink that water we go out and purchase bottled water. We are continually trying to stamp out external germs that might make us sick.
However, the leading killer in the world today is coronary artery disease. A disease that kills us slowly because of the lifestyles that we live.
The Human heart is a marvel. It continually pumps blood throughout our body to maintain our external organs. For something so vital to keeping us alive, statistics show we badly mistreat our heart.
The food we take into our bodies is high in fat, and over the years, the consumption of fatty foods will clog the arteries until blood flow is stopped leading to a heart attack. We know that exercise and diet can lower our risks, but we simply don’t have the will to make the changes necessary to take care of our hearts.
In Matthew 15, Jesus is confronted by the Pharisees. They accuse him and his disciples of not following the traditions of the elders. The Pharisees were also concerned about the outward appearance of things. They frequently washed their hands. They ensured that all dishes received a ceremonial washing. To them, it was all about the external view of things.
The problem the Pharisees had, however, was an internal problem.
Inside of their heart, a disease was slowly eating away at their very souls. In verse 19, Jesus laid out all of the indicators of internal heart disease. They included evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, and slander. Like the indicators of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity, all of these external indicators could warn a person that problems were coming.
The thing is that just like coronary artery disease is preventable by diet and exercise, spiritual heart disease is also easily treated.
We treat spiritual heart disease by reading and studying God’s word, worship, prayer, meeting with others in Bible Study. Further, we can prevent the decay of our spiritual hearts by avoiding things that lead to decay. Some items on TV, the internet, and in the world around us can severely impact our spiritual hearts and lead to our falling away from the faith. We either need to altogether avoid those things or significantly reduce our consumption. Things like drugs, alcohol, pornography, to name just a few.
It’s essential that we take care of our physical hearts. God wants us to care for our bodies because they are a gift from him. But more importantly, we need to take the time to care for our spiritual bodies. The spiritual body is what gives us the ability to make it through our lives until the time comes when we see Jesus face to face in heaven.
Take time today to build up your spiritual body!