My questions for you today are: Do we listen to what God is saying? Do we obey what we hear? How do we listen to and hear the voice of the Lord? What must be true in our lives?
I believe one of the first things that must be true is a pure heart. Jesus said in Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” I believe “Seeing” is much broader than just the visual connection. Seeing is perceiving. He’s saying, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they will perceive – they will tune in and they will recognize – they will realize – they will see – God.
A Pure Heart
But the qualification here is the pure heart. How? Well, our hearts have to be pure in how we perceive God and His will for our lives.
When Jesus says this as part of the beatitudes – Blessed are the pure in heart – we tend to think, what kind of impossibility is Jesus putting on us anyway? Seems kind of like the Mt. Everest of our Christian walk – you know – attainable by the few who don’t die trying.
In the Greek, the word “pure” can mean different things. The particular meaning that applies here in the beatitudes is that of cleansing, being cleansed – confessing sin –opening up.
Blessed are those that have been cleansed by His power and grace, for they shall perceive God.
Another interesting thing about this verse – it can be turned around grammatically – Bless are those who perceive God, for they shall be pure in heart – cleansed.
Take the Time
Are you taking the time to come into His presence that He might have the access to your life to shape your perception of Him? You see, your purity or holiness really is much more about your relationship with Him. Are you drawing close to Him? Are you walking close with Him? If those things are true, it’s much more likely that purity is also a hallmark of your life. But it takes time. It takes intentionality. It takes a plan. It doesn’t just happen. It takes a desire on your part to be close to Him.
We all know people that only let us get so close. They keep us at arm’s length. On the outside, they’re friendly, great people and you think, “I’d like to get to know this person better.” So, we begin to draw close to them and try to develop the kind of relationship with them we would like; and all of a sudden realize – there’s a wall here – great person, but I can’t get any deeper here, there’s not the openness here that will allow the closeness I’m looking for in a relationship.
Now a sobering question for you. Does Father God view you that way? I can guarantee you from scripture He wants a deep open relationship with you. Do you have the openness to really let Him in? Are you willing to allow Him to cleanse you in a way that’s deeper than what you have experienced up to this point?
The Psalmist said in Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
He already knows your heart. He already knows what’s in there. The question is, will you open up enough to allow Him to show you that stuff so He can then deal with it? He’s ready right now to draw close to you. Are you ready to draw close to Him?