Like a key, the heart opens up the door to our lives. It can open the door to goodness, or it can open the door to evil and suffering. Which door we open depends on what key we have. And we get whatever is on the other side of that door that we open. Our heart is the key to what we get and what we experience in this life. The heart is also the key to the controlling the words that come from our lips.
Scripture: “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” – Luke 6:45
First and foremost, the heart is the key to the good and evil in our lives. It determines the world that we see, and to what we experience in our lives. If our hearts are good, we will have goodness in our lives. Conversely, without a good heart, our life experience will not be so good. It may be good for a time, but not for the long-term.
Some people think money is the key, or a good job, getting famous, or finding the right guy or girl. But it is not the key to true happiness. I know more than a few people who are on the extreme end of wealthy. They have multiple homes and condos in multiple states and countries, boats, motorcycles, sweet cars, you name it. But these people that I know, while they may have fun playing with all their toys and all of their stuff, they are truly not happy. And in private, they admit that they feel empty and depressed. All of this stuff is not the key to happiness, I assure you. In fact, from what I have seen, I would say that it actually has the opposite effect.
The key to happiness is a healthy heart. And I don’t mean like medically healthy. I mean spiritually healthy. I mean a heart filled with kindness and mercy, love, and goodness. Those are the people with the most joy in their lives. And it is not fleeting joy. It is not the joy that exists only when we get some fun new toy. It is the kind of joy that exists in all times and in all circumstances. These people have it at work, at home, when they are in front of people, and when they are sitting alone. It is not a front that is out on or an act. It is the continuous, unshakable joy that can only found in the love of God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
And if you want to know what is truly in someone’s heart, see how they act after drinking whisky. I’m kidding… well kind of (everyone knows that is the great truth serum right?). Another way is by observing how they treat strangers, especially those in a service role like waitresses. But even that method can be faked. The true test is to observe the words that come from their lips. Do they speak blessing and faith, hope and peace, goodness and mercy? Or do they always gossip, complain, or throw fits? “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” – (Luke 6:45). That’s a great way to find a heart that needs some help.
We all need some heart work in one way or another. And if we think that we don’t, that should be the first clue that we do. Like a copper penny, or antique silver, the heart will tarnish over time if we don’t keep it cleaned and polished. Heart work is not something that we do once in a great while. Not if we want to shine. Working on our hearts is something that requires regular attention. And our best heart work can be found in the Word of God. Just read it and reap the rewards. And best of all, it is free!
Look, I understand that there are some living larger than life, high on the hill, king of their kingdom. But this life as we know it will end one day. All roads lead back to one. And there is one good door, one key, one way to heaven, and that is through the love of God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.
May prayer for you is that you find the key to the heaven’s door, and that your life is filled with good things that come from the goodness in your heart.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word today. Thank you for a wonderful day of faith and fellowship, family, friends, and fun. We ask that you fill our hearts with your goodness Lord. Help us to seek you first each and every day Lord, and keep our hearts polished and pure. Let us not get lazy and take for granted the wonderful gifts that you have given us. Let us be good and faithful servants, and use the gifts that you have given us for good. Fill us now with your Holy Spirit, and give us rest and peace, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
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