PURITY is the Windex that allows us to see Him. Jesus says directly, “The pure in heart will see God.” Not “they might,” but “they will”! Purity guarantees that we will see God, and seeing God brings wholeness in human beings and in the world.
Why is it important to pursue purity, sexual and otherwise? To stop messy, unplanned pregnancies? To appear spiritual in our religious circles? To earn our purity ring or white wedding dress?
NO. Purity is not about what we do or don’t do. Or identity is not in our DOING, but in our BEING. Purity reflects a condition of the heart that we approach as we SURRENDER to God. Purity allows us to SEE GOD, and seeing God will change the world.
The heart condition of our nation and the planet is grave. Those of us who know Christ and say we serve Him can’t imagine why “these people” don’t recognize their sin. But it is HEARTS that need attention, just as OURS did and still do. When we can’t see God, we sin deeply. Our DOING is instructed by our BEING, our heart condition. Giving God access to our hearts is how we find purity, and how we see God. Seeing God, knowing His reality, changes EVERYTHING.
The world cannot see God. It sees only clouds when the heavens are shouting His glory. It sees only an interruption, not a fetus. It sees only religious embarrassment, not a hurting pregnant daughter and the new life she carries. It sees gratification and pleasure, not intimacy. It sees only the shame of divorce, not the opportunity to believe for a miracle and become an intercessor. It sees only loneliness, and not the silence that allows God to speak at any time. Is it any wonder that the world is such a mess? It can’t see God.
I begin to consider how my own heart may be “of the world.” Sigh.
We desperately need pure hearts because we desperately need to see God—to see the heavens alive with His reality—to see the unborn as promises of hope to the world, even if their arrival seems untimely—to see those who fall (all of us) as precious and ripe for restoration—to believe in miracles and long for the company of the living God MORE than the attention and adulation of others.
Again, do you want to see God? Or do you just want your family to stay out of trouble sexually? Don’t give in to such limited thinking. Don’t allow a hyper-sexualized world to press you into a fearful, alarmist perspective on purity. Know what purity really is.
Pursue pure hearts, pursue spiritual sight. If we are able to see God, sin will be undressed for all its ugliness and lose its attractiveness. Stumblings will be seen as opportunities for grace and growth, not shame.
The Five Doors of the Heart are one way of opening the eyes of the heart to see God by closing the heart to things that distract. It is my belief that such a pursuit at any age will change the world. Why?
Because we will see God. And everything else will fall into place when our eyes are on Him.
Open your heart to Him, and see.