Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8)
So not only do we have to seek him with all our heart…but our heart must be pure.
Have noticed we spend a lot of time trying to distinguish between heart issues and mind matters? We verbalize the struggle by saying things like, “My heart’s telling me to do one thing and my head’s saying something completely different. It’s like we’re a raging battle field.
The crowd that originally received Jesus’ message wouldn’t have had as great a struggle. They understood the “heart” to be the central to who they were–it encompassed everything.
Fortunately, the purity Jesus speaks of is not one of complete perfection, but of focus. Soren Kerkegaard sums it up pretty well for me:
It is the heart, the person who has chosen to focus in, who will SEE God and as a result, they will be blessed.
And this “blessed,” this is more than happy. It’s not a reward. It’s about grace.
There is no other thing that will satisfy. I am willing to set everything else aside. I want God more than anything. And he honors that desire by revealing himself to me. To you. To us.
Yeah, I’d say that’s a blessing for sure.
PRAYER: God, I see a lot of things in my day. But I want to see you. Purify my heart. Help me to find that singleness of purpose, will, and life. I admit sometimes I seek the blessing without the focus. Forgive me and purify my motives as you purify my heart. Amen