I had a conversation with a young man the other day who had recently decided to “follow Jesus.” We were discussing the challenges of that journey and the secrets for doing it successfully. My advice to him was “be sure you are ‘all in!” Follow the Lord with all your heart – mind, soul and strength!”
Today during my time of “coffee with the Lord” I read a passage in Proverbs that was written to another young person centuries ago that makes the same point…
Apply your MIND – what occupies your ATTENTION!
“My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body!”
Guard your HEART – your attitudes!
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
Watch your MOUTH – what you say!
“Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech!”
Your EYES are important too – be careful about what you look at!
“Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you!”
Don’t forget your FEET – may your walk be with purpose, don’t be sidetracked by what is evil!
“Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil!”
(From Proverbs 4:20–27 New Living Translation)
Good advice it seems to me for anyone following Jesus! … “ALL IN!” – eyes, ears, mind, mouth, feet – and most of all heart! The secret of spiritual success!