Mark 7:15 – 23
It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.” Then Jesus went into a house to get away from the crowd, and his disciples asked him what he meant by the parable he had just used. “Don’t you understand either?” he asked. “Can’t you see that the food you put into your body cannot defile you? Food doesn’t go into your heart, but only passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer.” (By saying this, he declared that every kind of food is acceptable in God’s eyes.) And then he added, “It is what comes from inside that defiles you. For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.”
“It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you. You are defiled by what comes from your heart.”
We focus so much on our outward appearance. Before we go to church, work, or school we make sure our hair is laid and our outfit is on point. Some of us even put forth an effort to workout and be physically fit. But we fail to focus on cleaning our heart.
Christ tells us it’s more important to focus on what is going on within our hearts then what we actually eat. God designed our bodies to remove what we eat naturally. Christ described it by saying “food passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer”. But the things that come out of your heart can have an everlasting and devastating effect on your life.
Our heart stores every thought. You know, those “clap backs” we say in our head. Christ tells us evil thoughts come directly from our hearts. He describes things such as sexual immorality, theft, murder, greed, deceit, envy, slander, and the list goes on. What are you hiding in your heart? Is it the word of God or does it consist of one of the subjects described by Christ?
The majority of us can relate to at least one of the “vile” things Christ described. But we know that Christ is a healer. He can cleanse our heart. I love the song “give me a clean heart”. The song asks Christ to give us a clean heart so that we can serve Him. If he fixes our heart we can be used. But, how can he use us if our heart is hardened and unclean?
What goes on within our hearts can eventually come out of our mouths. It can destroy our witness. What has been on your mind lately? Are you thinking good things? Are you focused on the will of God?
Things in this life will not always go our way. We may not get the promotion. Your friends may turn their backs on you. When things don’t go your way do you focus on revenge? Are you jealous? Do you covet what others have? When that friend turns out to be your worst enemy, do you focus on how to get them back? Do you “clap back” at every person who speaks negatively towards you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time for you to check your vitals and complete a heart check.
Christ urges us to focus on our heart. He knows everything! He knows how important it is for us to be healthy. If we eat healthier we may live longer. But He wants our main focus to be on our spiritual hearts. What’s the point of eating healthy to live a long life if you die with a filthy heart? Our hearts are vital! They are vital to us physically and they are vital to us spiritually.
Where does your mind wander when you are alone? Where does it go when you are upset? If you are struggling with your thoughts, lay your struggles at His feet. Ask the Holy Spirit to clean your heart. He wants to cleanse you from every “vile” thing stored in your heart. He wants to remove the build up of junk and fill it with love, joy, and peace. Give Him the opportunity to make you new.
If your physical heart has build up the end result could be a heart attack and even death. Christ wants you to know if your heart is filled with vile things a spiritual heart attack could be on the horizon. Those things will eventually defile and destroy you. So, check your vitals to detect your heart problems. If your heart has build up, clean it out! We don’t want to have a heart attack… Because, as we know, that can kill you.
If you suffer from a spiritual heart disease, ask the Holy Spirit to cleanse your heart and focus on this treatment plan provided by the Apostle Paul.
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” – Philippians 4:8