One of the ways my former high school teachers attempted to motivate students was through the phrase, “you have to apply yourself.” Somewhat sarcastic at the time, wondering to myself, “so do you want me to apply for a job?” Based upon the definition, I guess these individuals wanted me to engage and utilize what I was learning at the time.
Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, Proverbs 22:17.
Fortunately, King Solomon explains this concept within 2 chapters of Proverbs. Like a child being raised by godly parents, the Lord wants his followers to become more than listeners. Rather than giving mere lips service, “I get it!” God longs for his children to put God’s Word, the Bible into practice. This is what it means to apply your heart.
Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge, Proverbs 23:12.
Unfortunately, many people are jaded by disappointment, failure and trials in life. Like the Aerosmith song Jaded, lead singer Steven Tyler wrote this song after feeling like he neglected his youngest daughter, missing most of her childhood while touring. Those who reach this unwelcomed state often feel trapped, paralyzed and unable to change. Therefore, if you sense things are beginning to slip slide away, may the Holy Spirit empower you to apply your heart.
by Jay Mankus