To think about...
'We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.' Winston Churchill
Family News
8 September 2019

‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God' (Matthew 5:8).

Simon Stylites was a Christian, living in Syria around 400 AD, who wanted to be totally pure in his devotion to God. In order to avoid distractions, he lived in the desert on top of a pillar for 37 years. Now is this what Jesus intended for the pure in heart?

Does being single-minded for God mean that our lives should be dominated by ‘Christian' activities, like Bible reading and prayer, and that God isn't really interested in the rest of our lives? To be pure in heart is to make God the number one priority in our lives. When this happens everything else in our lives, including work, leisure, relationships, time, money etc, will fall into place. When our overall aim is pleasing and serving God, we'll find many ways of working this out in practice.

To be pure in heart also means we aim to be completely sincere in all our relationships. In a culture where the pressure to conform is very great, it means living life in an open and honest way, with nothing to hide. This is the way God intends us to live, as we operate from a pure heart before Him. The challenge is relating to others without any hidden agendas, so that ‘what you see is what you get'!

Jesus promises that God will reveal Himself to the pure in heart and that one day they will see God face to face. Deception blinds us, while purity opens our eyes to see God.
‘Lord, we Thy presence seek; May ours this blessing be; Give us a pure and lowly heart, A temple meet for Thee.' (Hymn: Blest are the pure in heart).