My musings this morning have centered around one of the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Jesus, Matt. 5:8) ~ What a glorious prospect this is. As we “sojourners” travel along this pilgrim way known as the Christian life, we can/may see God… but never with sordid eyes, never with a stolid heart, never by human ambition or selfish aspiration, never with a life not attuned to the heart of God. It is only as we have turned aside from all that is listed above (and from anything else implied, if not expressed, above – resulting in a heart & life that is pure) that we can truly enter into the presence of God. There, transformed and renewed by the Holy Spirit, we may see HIM and commune with HIM.
Indeed! “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they SHALL see God!” They shall see God at work in their own lives; They shall see God at work in the lives of others; They shall see God at work by, in and through the circumstances & situations that surround them. This poses a question: Has it been awhile since you have seen God at work in your life, with your life, through your… or in the life of someone close to you? If so, it’s time to closely examine the state of your heart. Let David the Psalmist lead the way: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my thoughts. And see if there be any wicked or wayward or willful or harmful or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)
“Pursue peace with all men, and holiness – a life of consecration – without (apart from) which no man shall see the Lord…” (Heb. 12:14)
“If we walk in the light as HE is in the light, we have (and enjoy) unbroken fellowship one with another…” (1John 1:7)
“It takes clean hands and a pure heart to see God; It takes dirty hands and a hot heart to serve Him!” (Redpath) ** hands willing to get dirty; a heart on fire
(thanks to the words of Henry Foster for provoking this musing)
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