The number one killer among us today is heart disease.  All the modern technology has not conquered the problem of heart attacks.  Much has been learned, and many lives have been extended, but despite all of this, a heart attack is still a dreaded disease.  Formerly, we thought only of older people having heart trouble; yet, in recent years more and more young people, even teen-agers, have died as a result of heart attacks.  We worry about it; we take precautions; we do all we know to do to prevent heart attacks.  However, are we as deeply concerned with the spiritual heart?


          Also, a great many people are deeply concerned with their physical appearance.  I think to an extent, it is good to be thus concerned; however, we should not be so concerned with the outward appearance that we neglect the inner man.  I am reminded of the words of the Lord when Samuel was sent to anoint the second king of Israel.  When Eliab, the eldest son of Jesse, was brought before him, Samuel thought surely that this was the Lord’s anointed, but the Lord said unto Samuel, “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (1 Sam.16:7).


          Therefore, the really important thing is not whether or not we will die of a heart attack; whether we die young or old, nor yet whether we can afford fine clothes to make an impression upon men.  The thing that should be of utmost importance to each of us is that we keep our hearts pure in the sight of God.  God is not pleased with us if we rob Him in order to enhance our appearance before the world.  So, how is your heart?  Let me urge you to keep a close check on it to make sure that you are going to live a long, long time—with God in heaven.  One of the best medicines for the heart is faithful attendance at the Bible studies and worship services. (Heb.10:25). This, like all medicine, is more effective if you do not miss doses.  Try this heart medicine four times a week, and see if your spiritual well-being does not improve!