“My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways” (Prov. 23:26).
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith” (Eph. 3:17).
“I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts” (Heb. 8:10).
It is instructive to note that Christ dwells only in the vital center of our being, not in the tongue, which would produce only a mouth religion, not in the hand, which would make a lifeless routine of works, but in the heart, which rules the tongue, the hands, the feet, making them the instruments of a glad and willing service. He never takes up His abode in the brain alone, but it is His purpose, after taking possession of the heart, to extend His conquest to the head. A Christ flitting through the intellect now and then gives no such repose of soul as the Christ Who becomes a permanent resident in the heart, year after year, and decade after decade. The beauty of this is, that he who carries Him through life will have His presence in death.—Daniel Steele.
Enthrone the great Jehovah in thine heart,
Let all thine homage unto Him be paid;
Suffer no idol to usurp in part
The glory due to Him Who all things made.
In thought, word, deed, thy life to Him be given,
Thou shalt be blest on earth, and saved in Heaven.
Collins, the infidel, once meeting a plain countryman, inquired where he was going.
“To church, sir.”
“What to do there?”
“To worship God.”
“Pray tell me, is your God a great or little God?”
“He is so great, sir, that the heavens cannot contain Him, and so little that He can dwell in my heart.”
Collins afterwards declared that this simple yet sublime answer had more effect on his mind than all the volumes he had ever read.