Imagine another Christian walks up to you and asks, “If you could give me one piece of advice, what would it be?” What would you tell them? How hard would it be to choose just one thing?
In Proverbs 4:23, it says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (NIV)
“Above all else” sounds like an important piece of advice. If there is only one thing I can tell you, this is it.
Above all else.
So, why is guarding your heart so important? Because everything you do comes from it.
Once a week in America, many people put their trash out by the curb for a trash company to come pick it up and throw it away. The trash sits outside for hours, completely unguarded.
It’s not worth anything. It’s not important. We only guard things that are very important to us. Your heart is extremely valuable, and it should be on the top of your list of things to guard.
In the parable of the sower, Jesus talked about sowing seed on four types of ground. The seed is God’s Word, and the ground is a person’s heart. The seed only grows in one type of ground: the good ground. In the other three types of ground, the seed is either stolen, dies from the heat, or is choked out by thorns. However, in the good ground the seed not only grows, but it produces of crop of 30, 60 or even 100 times more than what was planted (Mark 4:8).
If you don’t guard your heart, it’s impossible for the seed to grow. You must guard your heart to have good ground. Guard it like you are a watchman in a watch tower. It’s your job. Day and night. Weekday and weekend. Even on holidays. Your heart is the most valuable thing you have because everything you do comes from it. And you must guard it at all times.
There’s a reason why watchmen have a job. There is an enemy that wants to attack their city.
This world is full of things that want to attack your heart and crowd out God’s Word. Television, the news, movies, books, radio, other people, commercials, social media. Even a billboard on the side of the road. Although not everything in this world is bad, messages that contradict what the Bible says are everywhere.
Maybe you’ve been praying for a specific need. Maybe you need wisdom on how to handle a certain situation. Maybe you have a very important decision to make. Maybe you need healing in your body.
And maybe you’re frustrated because you haven’t heard from God.
Ask yourself this question: Am I guarding my heart at all times and above all else?
All the answers to life are in God’s Word. His Word can be planted in your heart and not only give you what you need but more than you need (producing a crop of 100 fold). Even if you go to church once or twice a week, or you spend ten minutes reading a devotion each morning, how much more time are you spending focusing on things in this world?
If you are looking for a change or a new beginning, consider the "piece of advice" (or perhaps a command) found in Proverbs 4: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”