WORD OF THE DAY (— Matthew 5:8 )
" Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God "
MEDITATE ON THIS ( Purity: Singleness of focus )
This week we continue our series on the part of the Sermon on the Mount called the be-attitudes.
In the be-attitudes, Jesus draws a stark contrast between what the people believed holy living and
genuine happiness to be, with what it really was. Last week we looked at the way to obtain mercy
from God by giving it to others; this week, we look at what it takes to see God, pureness of heart.
What does it mean to be pure in heart? When we think of pureness of heart, we may feel like this
be-attitude relates to sinless perfection; however, the emphasis is more on the singleness of focus.
The word purity comes to mind when we think about filtering water of all the impurities to allow only
one thing to remain, pure water. There are many contaminants in our hearts or our souls (the lust
of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life) that seek to distract or split our focus from God.
When asked which was the most important commandment, Jesus pointed to singleness of focus; he stated,
"Thou shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all of your mind; all of your strength,
and love your neighbor as yourself." Jesus did not say to love God with 75% or 80% of our being; instead,
He stated, with all of your being. The total purity of the heart relates to the singleness of focus on God. Jesus
said that one could not serve two masters as you would hate one and love the other. Sometimes
sin contaminates our focus on God, and other times it may be the alignment of our priorities that
takes our total focus from God.
The blessing that is given for purity of heart is that we shall see God. This is a grand promise, so
what does it mean to see God since we are told that no one can see God and live? To understand this promise
of seeing God, we first should realize that we experience things in our world based on the sense that
pertains to that thing's nature. For example, music is made of sound waves, and though you can feel
the vibration of the sound waves in your body, the best way to experience music is through our sense of
hearing. Food can be touched with our hands; however, if you want to experience food as it is,
you need to eat it and experience it through the sense of taste. Likewise, the promise of seeing God is not
a matter of visually looking upon the attributes of God with our eyes but truly experiencing God based on
who God is at the core.
We are told that God is spirit, so to see God, or experience God at God's essence, we must not rely on merely
our five senses of the body, but the sense of our spirit. We should remember when Jesus was with the woman at the
well speaking of what it meant to worship God, the woman spoke of a physical location or temple. However
Jesus said that God was a spirit, and the Father sought those who would worship Him in spirit and in truth.
To see God means to experience the fullness of God through truly experiencing God at God's nature. God is love.
Seeing God means genuinely experiencing God's love. It means to see what God is doing in our lives. It means to
be able to sense God's leading and hear God's voice to lead us. Seeing God means to experience God's comfort
and peace and joy. This state of experiencing God as God truly is a beautiful thing to behold and should be
every Christian's desire. Therefore let us purify our hearts, setting both our passions and priorities on God;
because the less defiled our hearts are by sin and misplaced priorities, the more clearly our souls will be able
to experience or see God. For blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Your brother in Christ,
Thought for the week:
Next week we examine the 7th be-attitude: Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons(children) of God.
Prayer for the week:
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false
and does not swear deceitfully.”( Psalm 24:3-4)
Help me to love like You: “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have
sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from a pure heart.” – 1 Peter 1:22