This past Sunday was a monumental day in the history of our church... A new lead pastor officially stepped into his new role and then proceeded to share with the congregation. He shared a prophetic word that was given to him at 14 years old by his pastor at the time. The word was that he would keep his heart pure all the days of his life.
I kept thinking about this word throughout that day. First, was it really possible to keep our hearts pure? Jeremiah 17:9 says "The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it?" Then one of the beatitudes in Matthew 5 jumped out at me. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."
So if it is possible to have a pure heart, we will actually be able to see God? John 1:18 says that "No man has seen God at any time." I had to have clarity on this seemingly impossible verse!
First I remembered that when we are born again, God sees us as pure. (He remembers our sins no more.) Whether we act pure or not doesn't change how God sees us, it only taints our relationship with Him. Pure doesn't mean perfect. It means every part of our hearts cry "Lord, I am yours to command." :)
The pure in heart have their eyes opened to see how to let God work in their lives and how to walk in the light as He is in the light. Now what about seeing God? This is what I found when I looked up the word "see" in the 1828 Webster's dictionary...
"To perceive, understand, discern, to know. To observe, notice, to attend to, to discover. To learn, to know by revelation, to have faith in and rely on, to enjoy, to have fruition of." I don't know about you, but I would rather have all of these things manifest in my life then to actually physically see God with my two eyes.
So I came to the conclusion that I am pure (even though I'm never perfect) and that I will see God work in my life as a result of my decision to let Him be Lord over my life. Here's how the Message translation puts it... "You're blessed when you get your inside world--your mind and heart--put right. Then you can see God in the outside world." :)
What an awesome, life-long adventure we have in learning about God!