Lately I’ve found myself in a place of hunger for God. I want to know who he is, I want to hear all about him, and I want to see him move.
I want these things, but I don’t quite know how to get to them.
I find myself here often. I want to chase after God and I do so in the best way I know how, but sometimes I feel like I’m still missing it.
I think part of this has to do with how huge God is. I’ll never truly be able to understand God in all of his magnitude because he is, by nature, beyond my comprehension. And that’s okay.
But I want to get closer, as close as I can, more and more every day.
I was rolling this thought over in my head recently when I started thinking about the Beatitudes. There’s a line in this scripture in Matthew 5 that reads “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
I want to see God and this scripture tells us that the pure in heart will see God. But what does pure in heart really mean?
Pure is defined a few ways, including “being unmixed with any other matter” and “being in tune.” But perhaps my favorite definition, and the one I think sheds the most light on my questions, is this: “being thus and no other.”
Being thus and no other. What is pure is made of one substance for one purpose. It cannot be mixed or diluted with anything else.
What does it mean for our hearts to be unmixed with anything else and to function for one purpose?
The Bible talks a lot about the heart. It is considered as the root of all things, from which all things flow (Proverbs 4:23). In this way, the heart is the basis for all thought, emotion, behavior, and motivation.
Often when the heart is talked about, it implies a correlation with the soul, the innermost being.
What it boils down to is this, the heart is who you are. It is the core of your being.
When this scripture in Matthew talks about the pure in heart, it is this kind of heart they are referring to. The pure in heart are those whose innermost being is made completely from and for Jesus.
If the heart is the seat of all action and motivation, then take into account how we defined purity. If the heart is pure, then all of our actions and motivations are from God and for God.
How often is this true of us?
I started off stating my desire to see God and followed with a scripture reference that states that to see God one must be pure in heart. To see God, I must have a heart made and developed by God for the sole purpose of serving God.
How crazy is that? What does that look like practically?
This means our motivations are given by God for God. Our emotions are given by God for God. Our dreams are given by God for God. We constantly seek God in all that we do, not mixing our pursuit with any worldly or personal motivation. It’s all from God for God.
I used to believe it was crazy to think that anyone could think about God ALL the time. Surely there are moments when you’re simply watching tv or hanging out with friends or working. There must be a time for God and a time for normal life.
But to see God requires purity of heart. To see God requires our innermost being to be formed by God for God. Not sometimes, all the time.
I can actually remember a time not that long ago when nearly all I thought about was God. He was in the secular music I listened to, the conversations I had with friends, the way I did my job, the way I took care of my body, and the beauty I saw all around me.
At that point I think I understood what it feels like to think about God ALL the time. But that faded somewhere along the way. At some point, that purity of heart that longed only to see God in everything that I do became mixed with other things. With stress, with busyness, with my worries.
As I think about this Beatitude today, I honestly sigh a little bit at how unattainable this concept seems. Yet I’ve seen it before in myself and in others. I cling to the hope that it has been true in the past and it can be true again.
If you’ve never experienced this, I hope you hold tight to my witness, that I might encourage you toward this kind of sight.
It starts with the heart, which is to say, it starts with who you are. Vague, I know. It may seem that you could never have this pure heart I’ve been describing. But rest on the fact that Jesus has already begun this work in you.
Ezekiel 36:26 says that God has taken our heart of stone and given us a heart of flesh.
Believers have the most important starting point in purity, a heart given by God. Give what he’s given you back to him and ask God this week what it means that all of you might be made completely by him and for him. Watch him show up in the everyday in ways you’ve never seen before.
Prepare to see God as you seek a pure heart.
By: Victoria Rinear