Luke 21:34: “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.”
God is concerned about the condition of our hearts.
It can truthfully be said, as our heart goes, so goes our life.
The care of the heart is important, “for out of it are the issues of life” (Prov. 4:23).
The care of our heart is important, because it ultimately reveals who we are: “as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Prov. 23:7).
The care of the heart is important because of our speech, “for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Mat.12:24).
God warns the heart can be overcharged.
The word overcharge is the Greek word baroono which means burden and it comes from another Greek word barooce which means weighty, burdensome, grave.
God warns of two areas that can act as a weight or stress upon the heart to burden it to a point in which it causes your life not to be ready for the Lord.
Those areas are:
1) Personal pleasures that are more important to you than serving the Lord, and
2) Personal responsibilities that have arrested your time and talents away from the Lord.
God promises, that His Son, Jesus Christ, will come again.
He warns us if our heart is over-charged, weighted down, with the pleasures and cares of this life that we will regret the day, and that we will not be ready.
The Apostle Pauls example stands as a glowing testimony of not being overcharged, but being ready. “I am now ready to be offered, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” (2 Tim.4:6-7).
Christian, guard your heart and be ready.