More than a month ago we went to Baguio. It was fun as we enjoyed the weather and buying vegetables. For those who haven’t been to Baguio vegetables, coffee beans, honey, ube jam, honey, etc. are very cheap there. And when we were looking for honey we wanted to ensure we buy pure honey since there are those who sell honey with a mixture of sugar. This is fake and not beneficial to the body.
I know as consumers we want to buy the purest of foods. We want to eat what is unadulterated and free of any contaminants. But did you know, just like how we desire purity in the food that we eat, God also desires purity – He desires a pure heart.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
Matthew 5:8 is part of the Jesus’ sermon on the mount called The Beatitudes. From verse 3 to 11 in that chapter, each verse starts with “Blessed.” These are promises from God with a condition. The word “Blessed” simply means happiness – true happiness in its purest form. Not the type of happiness that the world offers, a happiness based on happenings and temporary. And verse 8 tells us that if you want to be happy you need to be pure in heart to be able to see God.
Now let’s look at the condition first. The condition is you need to be pure in heart. What does it mean to be pure in heart? A pure heart is a heart that is free from corrupt desires. Now that’s really not easy to have, right? Some of you may even be thinking that is totally impossible. We know we are sinners. We know we have a heart that is deceitful and wicked. So how can we have a pure heart?
Firstly, a pure heart is possible only through Jesus. Truly on our own, we cannot create a pure heart in us. It is Jesus who takes our heart of stone and turns it to a heart of flesh. Psalmist understood this that’s why he said in Psalms
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
It is only through Jesus that we can have a pure heart. A heart that is cleansed of our sin, through our faith in Him, because of His death on the cross. It is his blood that washes away our sins and guilt. That’s why when we place our faith in Jesus, to confess our sin and believe on his death on the cross, positionally we now have the pure heart and since we now have the pure heart we should show that in our actions. We should now aim to progressively live with a pure heart.
To live with a pure heart is to daily desire to please God in everything that you do. It means having the purest of motives to glorify him in your work, ministry and daily encounter with people. It means a life that constantly battles sin and says no to sin. It does not mean perfection but progression. The beauty of having a pure heart because of our faith in Jesus, is that if even there is a moment that we have sinned and somehow tainted our heart, there is always forgiveness (1 John 1:9) and we can stand up and try walking in purity once more. Progressive purity is simply purifying your heart of evil desires that will displease God because you want your heart to be solely for him alone – pure.
And then, what is the promise once we have a pure heart? We will be blessed because we will see God. Does that mean that literally we will see God? No, it does not literally mean that we will see God. It means to see God in your mind and heart that you get a glimpse of who He is. To see God is to somehow to be so close to him that you now know Him and understand his heart. Truly there is no greater joy than to know God and be close to Him.
The beauty of being pure in heart is not only seeing God and knowing Him but it is to know that when people look at us they will also see God in us because we act according to how He wants us to act. That in itself is already a big reason to say truly I am blessed and happy because I am able to bless others through my life.
Just some questions that you may want to think about:
- When you check your heart, is it pure? Or it is divided and not single-minded for Christ?
- What are things that keep you from giving your whole devotion and heart to God?
- Do you find your happiness in other things other than God?
- Is not seeing and knowing God a good enough reason for you to live with a pure heart?
I pray that we will all live with a pure heart – to obey, fix our eyes on Jesus alone and live the purest of motive to only please Him. May you apply this in your heart that together, we will be blessed as we see and experience God in our life. God bless you!