On Purity of Heart

Originally published in The World Invader: Global Outreach Developments Int’l Newsletter, Issue 11, January 2004. You can read the whole edition here.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
— Matthew 5:8

Have you had a hard time seeing God in certain situations? When you look at your life and trace the pattern of your decisions, do you remember seeing God in them? In your current situation that requires your utmost contemplation and seems to fill the air during your times of prayer, do you see God?

The Bible tells us that Jesus came to give “sight to the blind.” It’s amazing how we can see everything at times and still see nothing. As Christians, we know that there is more to this world than what we see with our eyes. However, we continue to make our decisions and plans based upon the observation and wisdom that comes through these faculties.

It seems the truths of the Bible have become secondary to “common sense” and “experience.”

God help us! Your Word says “Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never find him through human wisdom … the foolish plans of God are far wiser than the wisest of human plans,” 1 Cor. 1:21, 25.

So many of us look for God to direct our decisions and plans, but our vision is limited, blurred or even blinded by the deceptiveness of our own will.

Matthew 5:8: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Purity of heart in this Scripture is not in reference to chastity, as most would believe. Sometimes we attribute innocence to a purity of heart. However, in the context of this verse, purity of heart is a condition of the will, where a person is single-minded, or free from mixed motives. The purity of heart is when a person wills one thing!

The heart in the Bible represents the center of a person’s being, or their will. The Bible says that the “pure in heart” will see God. If you want to see God in your decisions and plans, check the purity of your heart. Don’t just put it under the review of human wisdom, bring it before the Lord. The God who knows our hearts!

Are you single minded in your pursuit? The Bible says in James 1, the double minded can’t expect to receive anything from God.”

Are you free from mixed motives? “Put me on trial, LORD, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and affections.” Psalm 26:2

Do you will one thing? “…nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Matthew 26:39.

If we will be pure in heart, single minded; free from mixed motives, willing one thing, then we will see God.

Seeing God puts everything into perspective.

I leave you with this thought. Of all the insight we get on God throughout the Bible and all the writings where we see God in action, where do we get the clearest picture of who God is, especially in relation to us?

Col. 3:15 He is the image of the invisible God.
John 14:8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father.”

Open up the gospels in your Bible and see God. See how he relates to those around him, listen to the words he has to say … be conformed to the image of his Son Jesus. (Rom. 8:29)