“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8
My desire for 2017 is to see God. And no, I’m not talking about a literal face to face meeting with God (although that would be pretty awesome). I’m talking about seeing God everywhere I go and in everything I do. It’s an intentional effort I must put forth, too. Seeing God does not come easy, especially if I am not looking for it.
Let’s be real here for a moment….I miss seeing God every day. I get so caught up in my daily life that I don’t even pay attention or notice that I have actually seen God. Sometimes I feel like a cheetah who speeds through their day so fast that they miss what is actually going on all around them. If I would just stop and open my eyes then I would be able to see the glory of God that surrounds me.
But being able to see God actually involves a little more than stopping to look for Him. As Jesus says in His Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
Did you get that?
Jesus says that if we are pure in heart then we will be able to see God.
Well, that’s great, but what does a pure heart actually look like?
When I did a search on this topic, here are some things that described what a pure heart looks like:
- Purified in faith and kept for God
- Cleansed, free from contamination
- Need to please God
- Someone whose devotion is genuine and not merely for show
My favorite from this list is the last one…genuine and not merely for show. A person who has a pure heart loves God wholly, completely and genuinely. They could care less what anyone thinks about their faith or their relationship with God. They are not trying to please others. They seek to please only God.
A person with a pure heart is not putting on a show. They aren’t calling attention to themselves nor are they making others feel they are superior to them. Jesus talks about how the Pharisees liked to put on a show. The Pharisees knew the law very well and they liked to tell and show everyone how well they knew the law. Matthew 23:5-7 says, “Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels. And they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the seats of honor in the synagogues. They love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi'”.
The Pharisees were not pure in heart. They didn’t care about their relationship with God. They cared about how they looked to others. They LOVED to tell others about God and His law, but their true devotion to God did not run deep. They had no roots in the Lord. Their love for God was just for show. Not true, genuine love and devotion.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be anything like the Pharisees! So I pray hard that God will “give me a clean heart and will renew a right spirit within me” (Psalms 51:10). Every day I need to say this prayer because I know there will be times in my day when I will put myself first and not listen to God. And oh how I dislike when I do this!
I want a pure heart. I want a clean heart. I want a heart that is genuine. I want a heart that is fully devoted to God. I want a heart that shows glory to God.
Because I want to see God.
And it’s when my heart is purest, that I will in fact see God. I will see Him in creation. I will see Him in other people. I will see Him at the drive-through at Chick-Fil-A. I will see Him in the line at Wal-Mart. I will see Him sitting at my desk at work. I will see Him through the kind words of a friend. I will see Him through the text that I receive from a loved one. I will see Him in the darkest of moments, and I will see Him in the joyful moments. When I have a pure heart, God promises that I WILL SEE HIM.
Don’t you want to see God, too? My prayer is that you do.
Prayer: Faithful God, today we ask that You would forgive us for our unclean hearts. We know we are all guilty of having hearts that are not pure. We ask that You will clean our hearts and help them shine for You. Help us to be genuinely devoted to You and You alone. Show us, Lord, the times when our hearts are not pure. For we know when we do have pure, clean hearts, then we will see You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
- Write out a prayer to God asking Him to show you the areas of your heart that are unpure. Listen and write down what He says.
- What can you do every day that will help you in having a pure heart?
- Write down where you have seen God each day. Keep a journal of this so you can go back and read them later.