I welcome you to this edition of the herald of His coming by extending Calvary greetings to you in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The destiny of all human is anchored upon the victory at Calvary. Therefore, I believe it is most expedient as we remember the person of Jesus Christ, His death, burial and resurrection, to take time to meditate on His word in order to actualize them in our lives. Hence we shall be looking at what Jesus said in Matthew 5:8 – Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Christianity is basically about relationship with the God-head and beloved, I want you to be reminded that purity is the only platform on which our relationship with God the father, Son and Holy Ghost can prosper. The truth here is that, of what relevance is your relationship with someone you don’t ever get to see in your circumstance! I have always said that God’s instruction on purity is in the self-enlightened interest of the child of God. The other question is, what does it mean to see God? It means to ultimately see God in eternity and I am also firmly convinced that it equally means to see God show up in our situations here on earth. Are any of these unimportant for the pilgrim? I do not think so.
Watch this, the scripture says “Blessed are the pure in heart…” and, not pure in act? God is more interested in the state of our hearts than in the acts of our hands. For our acts to be right with God, our hearts must be right with God. God does not show up on the outside until He has taken hold of us on the inside. If we desire God to show up in our world, our hearts must be right with Him. See the Word Version of Matthew 5:8 – “You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.” Is that not wonderful? The inward journey must be complete in us for the outward manifestation to be convincing. Beloved, here is the crux of the matter – we must do something about our heart.
It must be noted however that the word pure does not exactly mean the same thing as the word clean. While being pure represents homogeneity (that is not mixed with anything) the word clean means absence of dirt. For instance a mixture of a clean cup of gasoline and a drum of very clean water is no longer pure water and neither is it pure gasoline – albeit the two substances are clean.
Therefore, if I may paraphrase Jesus’ statement, He is saying – “Blessed are those whose hearts are all for God: for they shall see Him’’ (Emphasis mine). Have you ever wondered why God testified about David as being a man after His own heart? I believe this gives us a clue into such a commendation from a God who dwells in pristine holiness. The desire of God over the generations is that nothing competes with Him in the lives of His people. Hence, acting in disobedience, Israel had to go to captivity several times and sorely oppressed by their adversary. God does not want to reign where anything else reigns! Little wonder Jesus said in Matthew 6:24 “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” I believe no intention can be made clearer than this. Jesus says “No man…” And that is exactly what it is.
Brethren, what is the state of your heart. Who or what is it that competes with God in your heart. Please note that observable acts of righteousness are not enough, they must be flowing out of a heart fully dedicated to God. Our hearts were designed as the throne room of God and He abhors rivalry. Beloved, drive out competition and let God sit on His throne. An impure heart will eventually lead to a condemned life! It is time to wise up. Let Baba reign in your heart and let His love ravage and consume your entire being inside out.
As I round off, let me ask you these questions – what is the state of your heart? Is it pure or poor? Is God showing up on the outside? I like for you to critically consider this all important subject of purity of the heart and trust God to make us whole through the blood of Jesus.
Until I come your way again next edition by the grace of God, may His grace sustain you to the very end in Jesus name.
Your Companion in the race – Ezekiel Oni