The Danger of Following One’s Heart

In conservative Christendom, many know the answer to the first query of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. “What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” However, it is sad to realize that most do not know the second question and answer of the catechism, because it tells us how to accomplish the first: “What rule has God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him? The word of God, which is contained in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.”

Where do we find direction in glorifying and enjoying God? We find that direction in the Word of God. We do not find it in subjective holy hunches, or in asking “What would Jesus do?” or in quivers in our livers; we can only discover God’s will in His Holy Word. We live in a world which puts much stock in “following one’s heart” yet the Bible tells us that a man’s “heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9)

Don’t follow your heart! It may advise you to leave your wife (or husband) and run off with your “soul mate.” It may tell you that no harm comes from gazing at seductive images on the internet. It may tell you that going to worship with God’s people is not really important since you are “spiritual” but not “religious.” Or, it may tell you that if you try really hard, and are sincere, that you can attain eternal life.

God’s Word tells us not to follow our heart, but to look to Christ. The crowds asked Jesus, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” And Jesus answered them by saying, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” (John 6:28-29) We are able to glorify God and enjoy Him only by resting in what Christ has done on our behalf. Now is the time to stop trusting in your heart, and start trusting in His grace. He is the One who has made provision for our justification, and He has given us His Word and Spirit in order to make possible our sanctification. Therefore, find the guidance for your life in the only place you can trust, in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, [for it] is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.”

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