They have closed up their fat hearts; With their mouths they speak proudly.
Their heart is as fat as grease.
Fat around the heart is dangerous. Physicians call it pericardial fat, and it's linked to heart disease--even death. Spiritual fat around the heart is more dangerous. God calls it heart fat, and it's linked to a fat life. The result? Punishment--even death.
Surely most Americans live what others would call a fat life. We are glutted with every kind of pleasure. We are 'fat; with work, worry, pride, possessions, narcissism and idols--even in the church.
In this type of fat, we don't see rolls around a waist, but rolls around a heart--a heart that's supposed to be living for Jesus. God calls fat-hearted church leaders false prophets. He calls them 'sleek.' He says 'They surpass the deeds of the wicked.'
So before we get on high horses parading our riches for the world, maybe we should choose a small donkey--like Jesus did. Before we correct the world for its excesses of sin, maybe we should correct our church for its excesses, like Jesus did.
I encourage every Christian to ask God whether you or your church carries this hidden but deadly heart condition. If you do? Go on a diet! Eat an unlimited supply of God's Word, while you severely restrict the swallowing of man's lies.
How will you know his lies? Look for a 'fat life.'
The Apostle Paul says: 'I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified' (1 Corinthians 9:27). Read the whole chapter of 1 Corinthians 9 to see that Paul is not talking about his body, but his lifestyle.*
Even more, Paul's amazingly successful evangelism is built around a 'non-greasy' approach to living.
To Be Continued...
* Read the entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 9: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians%209&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Heart Conditions series.