The Purity of Heart to See God

Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, St. Matthews Baptist Church

 

What is your spiritual vision?  20-20?  20-400? Blind?  

 

Frequently Jesus called out, “if you have eyes to see, then see.”  God did give us eyes of faith by which to see Christ’s presence, promise, and power.  The quality of our faith-eyes is nourished by a pure heart. So Jesus said, in the sixth Beatitude, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.”

 

Purify your heart and the wonders of God come into view.  You can then see God “up close and personal.”

 

Nathanael recognized Jesus as the Messiah.  His heart was not filled with worldliness but with God’s world. By the desires of our heart focusing on the one desire to see God, then everything else we need to see will be seen through God’s eyes.  When we look at life with spiritual vision then: money, jobs, talents, possessions, beauty, power, sex, the lonely, the thirsty, the naked – are seen for what they are and are not.

 

From the gospel of John’s opening we learn that Nathanael: 1.) studied the Scriptures, 2.) was a person of prayer, 2.) a man who had overcome prejudice, and 4.) one who had deep spiritual character.  He enacted the meaning of his name, the “gift of God.”  As we look at Christ as Nathanael did, our hearts are purified by:

 

Pathways – The Beatitudes are the disciple’s continuous pathway along which God shapes our character and sets our destiny.

 

Places – The Beatitudes place us in God’s grace-filled presence which purifies our hearts through humility, mourning, meekness, hungering, thirsting, and mercy.

 

Positions – Purity of heart unclutters our lives and positions us to see God more clearly.

Is there anything in life you want to see more than God?  If yes, then you won’t see God.  If no, then God will reveal Himself to you.  As Soren Kierkegaard wrote, “The purity of heart comes by willing this one thing.”

 

In God’s view,

Pastor Les Hollon

 

“People see God every day, they just don’t recognize Him.”
-Pearl Bailey

 

“It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to. There are rewards that do not sully motives.”

-C.S. Lewis

 

This article was written by Les Hollon, Pastor of St. Matthews Baptist Church.  For more information about faith, St. Matthews Baptist Church, or to contact Dr. Hollon, click over to St. Matthews Baptist Church.

 

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Posted on 14 February, 2009 in Spirituality
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