I’m a dog person. I have two big fantastic dogs, one is named Rocky, he’s a St. Bernard, and the other one is named Leo, a newfoundlander. They are two very big dogs. However, I also have 2 cats that live in my house. I don’t know what it is about my cats, I love on them and pet them when they come around, I feed them and take care of them, but they’re always so jumpy. Recently they have tried to grow hatred in my heart towards them because for the past little while almost every night as I would go up to bed I would start to smell something not so nice. Sure enough, night after night they would use my bed as their litter box. Now, I’m not an extremely materialistic guy, but I like my special pillow. You know that pillow you own that is the perfect texture and the perfect density? Well, my cats decided to desecrate said pillow and go to the washroom on it. Since that first incident I have had to throw out 3-4 pillows. I have now had to put things in place to make sure that these crazy cats don’t get into my room, so I’ll shut my bedroom door, I’ll make sure that I put my pillows up so they can’t get to them. I am on high alert when it comes to my cats because I’m really not a fan of buying new pillows and changing my bed sheets every single day, so much so that I can actually hear them walking in my room when I’m sleeping and it wakes me up.
Early this morning, I heard one of my cats entering my room, immediately I woke up and shooed it away, I fell back asleep, again I heard one of my cats entering my room so I woke up again and shooed it away. I kept making sure that the cat would not get to my bed and then it hit me, I am so in tune with the sound of my cats feet walking that I wake up in the middle of my sleep to make sure I protect my bed from them. I have set things in place, like shutting my door when I’m not at home to make sure they can’t get anywhere near my bed, I’ve thought of ways to make sure they can’t even get close to my room. Basically I have my bed, and my new favourite pillow (insert tears) locked down, I have put so much effort into protecting something so small and insignificant in the long run, then it hit me, how well do I protect and guard the thing that is the most important to me? My heart.
1 Peter 5:8 (CEV) “Be on your guard and stay awake. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack.”
How well do you and I both guard our hearts? I remember going into a movie once with a friend, I hadn’t really heard of the movie but it looked like it was a good action one so I went in, we sat down. The movie started with a woman having sex with two men. I would like to say that I turned away, but I honestly can’t remember. Near the end of the movie there was a torture scene, it was very graphic and didn’t add anything to the story or the plot line it was just this horrible scene where one person was inflicting awful acts of torture on the other person. It actually really disturbed me, but did I leave? No. I waited to the end to tell my friend that it disturbed me and we should have left.
I have a segment on my radio show that I host every single Tuesday night at 9 called, “Ask the Pastor” and once we had a guest pastor in the studio who said something very wise that stayed with me. A man called in and asked how to deal with recurring sexual thoughts that he has been having for decades. Did she suggest reading the word (Bible) more? Deliverance? Taking his thoughts captive? While these are all good things, she instead said that he needed to look at the root of the problem. What is he watching on t.v? What music is he listening to, are there explicit lyrics that talk about women in a sexual way? What is he doing on the internet that would cause his first thoughts about a woman when he sees one to be lustful? I thought that was so profound. Is he guarding his heart in the times when he’s alone?
Matthew 6:22-23 (ESV) “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness.”
In this passage when the writer talks about they eye, he is talking about our perception, if you then combine that with the thoughts of the guest pastor that I just mentioned, it all makes sense. If he was filling his heart with lustful thoughts and intent, it should be no surprise that when that man saw a woman, those were his first thoughts towards her. Personally, in my life, I believe that adultery can happen long before one gets in bed with anyone. I think it starts when you open yourself up to the small things. We spend so much time protecting our futures by working hard and putting money towards retirement, or protecting our grades by studying hard in school, or protecting our status by doing certain things or buying certain things, but how much time are we spending guarding the most important thing that God has given us, our hearts?