My first car was a standard, and I purchased it because I knew that many people didn’t know how to drive one. If anyone would ask to drive the car I would say, “If you can drive a standard you can drive my car.” I went on like this for a while until I got tired of taking people all over the place. I soon got tired of being a taxi and taking people everywhere and realized it was time for me to teach others how to “SHIFT.”
Shift means to change or to cause (something) to change to a different opinion, or belief. It is our responsibility to help others shift into their proper place in Christ. Not everyone can get out of that first gear like they should, but if we are patient with them through the erking and jerking of life; they will make it.
Once a person get past first gear with a smooth transition, they are on the road to driving with ease. Once that individual has learned how to shift properly, he/she can be on a hill at a standstill, and move forward without moving backwards and hitting someone. That confidence level is built up, and shifting becomes easy over time, and there is no thought required on what gear is next. Our confidence is built up by trusting in God’s word, and obeying His every command.
Let’s learn how to shift, so we can reach the speed and potential that Christ is desiring us to reach. If we do not shift at the right time, we can burn our clutch and tear up the car. Let’s not get burnt out and break down our spiritual cars by not shifting when it’s time for us to move to our next position in Christ.
We have been instructed many times in our life to “FOLLOW OUR HEART.” We have also said when we are making an attempt to justify our shortcomings, “GOD KNOW MY HEART.”
Now with that being said, Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
The only thing that our heart can lead us to is a pathway of deception. This means we will not be able to know the truth, walk in the truth, or accept the truth. Everything that our heart will lead us to will always deceive us. Even what we think is true the scripture says that our heart will deceive us above “ALL THINGS.” This includes what we think is right because there is a way that seem right to us but that way will lead us to death.
To be desperate means that you are willing to do whatever it takes to get what you want. A hungry person will rob, steal, or kill to get food for self or family because they are desperate. Our heart is like this towards everything that is evil and wicked. That is anything that does not give God glory.
Now this leads me to my last point; who can know it? Only God can because verse 10 of that chapter says, “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
Let the Lord purify your heart with truth and righteousness, and be careful when people instruct you, or you instruct yourself to follow your heart because you are being lead down a path of destruction.
Don’t follow your heart, but do Proverbs 3:5-7 which says, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”