Sometimes, the Lord, in His mercy, helps us understand what is truly in our hearts. In fact, He is always trying to make this evident. One such place that this idea comes out is in that classic book, Steps to Christ. I often go back to this quote when I want the Lord to show me where my affections lie.
“Who has the heart?” Ellen White wonders, “With whom are our thoughts? Of whom do we love to converse? Who has our warmest affections and our best energies?” (Steps to Christ, p. 58). Such questions are extremely sobering. When I have a free moment—when I am driving in my car to work, or kicking back on my couch at home—and can entertain any thought I want, where do my thoughts turn? The football game? The latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy? The stock market?
Or when I am conversing with my friends and family, what do I love to talk about? After all, it was Jesus who declared, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). That which I truly value and take pleasure in is what is going to come up naturally in my conversations.
As I said above, it is the Lord’s mercy that allows us to take stock of our hearts’ affections. And He longs to give us an experience that will overwhelm our thoughts and minds so that we live and breathe His presence. “If we are Christ's,” Ellen White continues, “our thoughts are with Him, and our sweetest thoughts are of Him. All we have and are is consecrated to Him. We long to bear His image, breathe His spirit, do His will, and please Him in all things.”
This is the experience Christ is trying to draw out of our hearts. It can be ours if we stop resisting Him.