Saturday, March 3
What Comes Out
Day 16—Read Mark 7
“Listen to your heart.” This message is broadcast through all media until it’s hammered into the walls of your subconscious. “Listen to your heart: that is who you are.”
The heart is deceitful and the seat of many things but our identity is not one of them. In this passage, Jesus warns the crowd to be on their guard against their own hearts for from them stem “sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly” (Mark 7:21-22). We know He speaks truth. We feel these things bubble up inside of us every day, and we grow weary of fighting them. The temptation to give in, to accept that, as the world so often tells us, this is just who we are, is strong and unrelenting.
But Jesus does not once tell us that our hearts are our identities. In fact, He warns that what comes out of our hearts will defile us. If we are our hearts, how can they defile us? We are more than our sin, our “evil thoughts,” our temptations. Our identity lies in our choices, in what we give in to, in what comes out, and it’s never too late to start changing that. Trade “this is who I am” for “this is who I’m going to be.”
We’ve got a good head on our shoulders in Jesus Christ, so stop listening to your heart and start following His head.
This week, make a list of three things that you struggle with internally and draw up a battle plan for how you’re going to beat them. Make a second list of three things the Bible says about your identity and strategize how you’re going to remember them and live them out.