The message of Jesus in the Beatitudes is that we should yield to God’s agenda. There is incredible power and influence when we live according to the teachings of Jesus in the Beatitudes. In Matthew 5:8, Jesus said that the pure in heart will see God. Every believer can be truly happy by making three essential choices called for in this passage.
1. I Must Choose Devotion Over Division
Purity is not about sinlessness, although it will certainly lead us to sin less. Purity is not about checking off a list of things we should not do. The word “purity” means clean, innocent, or unstained. The point of purity is total and undivided devotion.
Is there anything in your life that you have allowed to keep you from undivided devotion to God? What steps can you take to move toward greater devotion to God?
2. I Must Choose Motivation Over Obligation
The word “heart” in the passage refers to the center of our spiritual life. The heart is the seat of thoughts, passions, desires, affections, and purposes. It is easy for us to hide an impure or divided heart. Jesus once referred to the Pharisees as whitewashed tombs — beautiful on the outside but filled with death on the inside (Matthew 23:27-28).
In what ways have you tried to white wash the exterior of your life? What steps can you take to give God access to every part of your heart?
3. I Must Choose Focusing on God Over Focusing on Me
The pure in heart will see God. To “see” means to perceive or know. To see God means that when our hearts are devoted to Him we begin to live in His presence. We are able to see God more and more clearly with our spiritual eyes. We know Him more and enjoy fellowship with Him.
What steps can you take to focus more on God, to keep your eyes fixed on Him? How will seeing God more clearly help you in your daily walk?