by Offender S.
Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” Oh boy! What it will be like to live out this statement by Jesus. To be pure? To see God? I can only imagine. Jesus is calling us to live ONE life, and live it out in the open. This is pure in heart. In the Webster’s 2 New College Dictionary pure is defined as, not mixed: free from contamination (CLEAN), free from impurities (FULL STRENGTH), without faults (PERFECT), containing nothing inappropriate (COMPLETE).
That’s a very tall order, especially since the cards are stacked against us. Jeremiah 17:9 says that “the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it?” So where do we begin? How about Jesus. And by putting concern for self aside to work with fellow Christians… Understanding that we are all still in process… Let’s have the grace of God for one another that He gave us when He forgave our sins – thank You, Jesus! That’s one of my views of being pure in heart. I believe that selfless equates itself with pureness. In becoming pure, in becoming righteous, and at the level of holiness that we will see God seems like the mountain of mountains. Thank God that He moves them. The battle is on… and no battle, no victory – so let’s allow our battles to refine us to the highest quality of pure – into the image of our God, our King, the lover of our souls. This journey; this process to become pure must be, and is, about the one who is pure… who created pure. I believe our influences can become our identities. Whether influenced by Jesus to pureness, or influenced by the world, and by self, to corruption. Each day, each moment, each choice is a new narrow gate. (Matthew 7:13-14) The question to me is… What do I long for? It is to close the public theater, drop the curtains, shut off the lights and play to the audience of One, the One Jesus Christ. Not caring about the reviews of the critics or anyone else. Only then will we come to the end of ourselves and experience God’s blessings. This pure in heart, this is when we see God.
I am convinced that how we treat others is how we see Jesus. And we reflect His character when we choose to #1, help others; help is the conduit of hope in the Gospel. And to be sacrificial. And #2, when we choose to honor others. Making a choice to intentionally give esteem to them and appreciate them. And especially when we esteem them better than ourselves (Philippians 2:3). And #3, to make a choice to hear others… to listen to them… to bear their burdens (Galatians 6:2). To set self aside and be their audience. This is pleasing to God when we love, serve, and care for one another this way. We’re the body for one another this way. We’re the body of Christ. This is us.
Jesus has saved me again and again and again. He is my “again”. And I cannot demand a grace from Him that I’m not willing to show to others. So let’s all have grace for other people’s “again” as well. And just a reminder, grace doesn’t grant permission to live in the flesh. It supplies power to live in the Spirit. And living in the Spirit is pure in heart. That’s seeing a little bit of God in our behavior, and in our treatment of and affection for, others. And I think that when our hearts are this kind of pure, that it’s no longer “obey or else” – “I do because I have to”, but it’s “I get to because I want to”. That’s Christ in us. We aren’t defined by our mistakes or our season; we are defined by our Savior, and the pureness He brings to our lives by this influence and inspiration. God really doesn’t need all my creative ideas. Look where they’re gotten me. He doesn’t need my creativity – He created my mind… Hello! He only needs my surrender, my obedience, and my faithfulness. And He will reward me by making my heart pure.
So in this… my search for purity of heart, I’ll push back from the world and self. And then will my inside me/outside me match up. D.L. Moody once said that “God sends no one away empty, except those who are full of self”, I agree. There’s no room for God in a heart that’s full of “me”. So let’s not equate outward appearance with inward standing. Meaning, let’s not assume that because we look good that we are good. Contrary, our outward person has to be a reflection of our new inward man (2 Corinthians 4:16)…brand new! First Peter 1:22-23 says, “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit into unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently; being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.”
So I’m pursuing a pure heart… want to join me? Also, love, truth, and integrity. I’ll seek Jesus because He is all of these. I want to worship, praise, and surrender myself right into His presence. He meets all my needs, but even if He doesn’t, I’ll praise Him. If I lose money, job, health, or loved ones, I will praise Him. He pointed at each one of us and said “This one’s mine.”
So please Heavenly Father, makes us your kind of pure. Where we will see You… where everyone will see You in all we do, believe and hope for. We love You because You are You… our only source of pure. Amen.
Titus 2:12-13 “Teaching us that denying ungodliness, and worldly lusts we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world. Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”