Today’s Scripture: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Mark 12:30

As you are reading this email, your body is doing countless extraordinary functions that are completely out of your control-one of those functions being the circulation of blood throughout your entire body. Your heart pumps one and a half gallons of blood per minute and 100,000 times every day. This incredible organ begins beating within 4 weeks after conception, and even after reaching full maturity, only weighs about 10 ounces. Despite its size, the amount of power this tiny creation holds is beyond anything we could imagine on our own. In fact, over the course of your lifetime, your little heart will be able to fill 18,000 semi tanker trucks with blood.

It is literally the center of the human body. But even though this mechanism is very important, the Bible is usually referring to something far greater than the physical organ. The word “heart” occurs almost 1,000 times in God’s word. To be precise, it is found 777 times in the Old Testament and166 times in the New Testament. When a topic is so important to the Creator that He mentions it 1,000 times, I feel that means we should take great care in learning to understand all we can about it.

When we say, “I love you with all of my heart,” what are we talking about? Do you love with all of your “pump”? No, you are talking about the seat of man’s will and emotions-not your physical heart but the real you-your conscience, grief, joy, desire, affections, perceptions, and thoughts. All of these things reside within the immaterial heart. As we have read in Scripture, even the rich man and Lazarus had thoughts after they had passed on into eternity. Neither of them possessed a physical heart or mind at that point. This helps illustrate that the physical organs are not where you place your trust in God or where your emotions are found. To make an extremely long story short, your immaterial heart is the real you. It is not the “you” that you present to people every day. It is the “you” that God sees everyday.

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also…” The Bible term heart is best understood if we simply say ‘me’; it is the central citadel of a man’s personality. The heart is the altar of which the body is the outer court, and whatever is offered on the altar of the heart will tell ultimately through the extremities of the body. “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” – Oswald Chambers

What heart does God see in you today? Only you and He know what truly is residing there right now. Unlike your physical organ that is sealed away from the eyes of the world, what you have chosen to comprise your heart is clearly visible to God. Take some time to consider today how it appears from His Heavenly viewpoint.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.