Lent 2019 – The Meaning of Discipleship

Matthew 5:8, “Happy are people who have pure hearts, because they will see God.” (CEB)

As I read today’s message, I found myself trying to define “pure heart.” Without looking up the definition or googling it, my answer is someone who it true, truthful, honest, sees only good in others and in the world.

Pure:

free from harshness

• free from roughness

• being in tune

containing nothing that does not properly belong

• unmixed with other matter

• free from taint

• free from what weakens

Throughout our lives we all have been ask similar questions such as these:

• What are you living for?

• What do you most desire?

Depending upon the context of these questions being ask our answers could be different in a broad scope. Let’s narrow our scope, which sounds entirely wrong to me from a Christian perspective. Our broad answers would include things such as our jobs, our education, job positions, our relationships to list a few. In regards to what I suggested as a more narrow view is our spiritual life, our eternal life…simply stated “Our Life!” What are you living for? As a believer in Jesus Christ, my answer must be Jesus! The One who created me, the One who loves me. What do you desire most? As a follower of Jesus Christ, I desire to live the life I was created for, seek to do God’s Will.

I read an article prior to writing this blog post written by Imanuel Christian titled, “12. Blessed Are The Pure in Heart (Matthew 5:8)” From The Series: Studies In The Gospel of Matthew. This is a quote from the article, ““Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). That’s it! That’s the goal of the Christian life! That’s what we are living for – that we may live our life in such a way that we see God. If we see God, that will open up the treasure trove of all the blessings, not only for eternity, but also for life here and now. And the key to open that treasure trove is a pure heart!” WOW! Isn’t that true!

The article goes on and includes fascinating truths about the Beatitudes, “This is the most central and the most significant of all the beatitudes mentioned in this fifth chapter of Matthew. You cannot be poor in spirit without having a pure heart. You cannot mourn for the things that displease God without having a pure heart. You cannot be meek, you cannot hunger and thirst for righteousness, you cannot be merciful, you cannot be a peacemaker or be prepared to stand persecution for the name of Christ without having a pure heart. Actually, this is one of the most central principles of the Christian life that we see in the whole Bible. The heart of the matter is the matter of the heart.”

“THE HEART OF THE MATTER IS THE MATTER OF THE HEART!”

We are human and sinful but we do not have to live sinful lives. We can seek God, search for God, abide in God, pray to God, ask God for forgiveness. We are always welcome in God’s house, God’s heart. Jeremiah 29:13, “You will see me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

The more I read about the beatitudes the more clearly I am understanding its relevance to discipleship and growing in my relationship with God. I hope the same is true for you. Blessing to you today! Thanks for traveling with me on this beautiful journey!

I found this song and it says everything I wanted to share in this post, I hope you like it as much as I do, I think it’s absolutely beautiful.

~Peace~

Breath Prayer: O God, create in me … a clean heart.

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://bible.org/seriespage/blessed-are-pure-heart-matthew-58

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pure?src=search-dict-box

https://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/july-august-2009/gods-desire-for-his-children/

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