“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8
When we first come to Christ there’s a vague awareness that there’s something missing within our hearts but primarily our attention is focused on the things we’ve done and said, the steps we need to take to make them right, and the efforts we need to exert to learn to do what’s right. God knowing that we’re limited in our ability to understand his purpose has gently led us through this time of personal conviction, confession and reformation with the goal of getting us to the place where we’ll realize that our needs, our problems, and his desire for us extend much deeper than our surface actions. He desires that we become pure in heart.
God through the prophet Jeremiah described the condition of our hearts when we begin our spiritual journey with Christ with these words, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) The expression “desperately wicked” is in many translations rendered incurable, or beyond cure. The message God is trying to impress upon us is that unless we come to him now, give him unfettered access to our hearts, and allow him to make a complete transformation of our hearts we’ll never be able to see his face when he comes.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
It’s the pure in heart that see God. Merely moral actions aren’t enough. Having a strictly obeyed set of religious principles and rules is insufficient on its own. God’s desire and salvations requirement is that we have a heart that wants the same thing as God’s heart wants. We love what God loves and we hate what God hates; we’re attracted to what God’s attracted to and were repulsed by what repulses God.
Is that to say that actions aren’t important? Yes and no. What we do is important because it reveals what’s in our hearts but in the end it’s the heart that dictates the actions and that’s why it’s the condition of the heart that truly determines our spiritual condition.
In the verse from Jeremiah we learned that the heart is incurable. David realized this and in Psalm fifty-one requests that God create in him a clean heart. The clean heart he asked for he realized had to be a new creation. God spoke of this through the prophet Ezekiel with these words, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26) The apostle Paul when he wrote about the converted person described him as a new creature.
Only the pure in heart will see God, and God has made a way for everyone to have the pure heart of Jesus beating in their breast. It’s our for the asking. Ask Jesus to come into your heart. Ask the Holy Spirit to remove the sin polluted organ that corrupts everything you do and say and to make his heart the well spring from which all your life is lived. Ask Jesus to come and make you new today.