“A young couple was eating breakfast. The young wife “sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.
‘That laundry is not very clean,’ she said. ‘She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.’
Her husband looked on, but remained silent. Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.
About one month later, the woman was surprised to see nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband: ‘Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this?’
The husband said, ‘I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.’
How we see things depends on the windows of our hearts.How we see God depends on the windows of our soul. We must guard our hearts against impurity and false motives. Paul wrote in Phil. 4:8, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
2 Cor. 10:5 says, “We take every thought captive to obey Christ.” When my ex-girlfriend’s aunt found out about our relationship, she told her, “Do not think with your heart. Think with your head.” I think she thought with her head, because she broke up with me.
Sometimes we do things for the wrong reasons. There was a businesswoman who attended a church of rich members, to connect with the rich people there. Some pastors will lead a church because of the rich people there.
What if God puts you in a church of poor people? Will you continue to serve the Lord there? We must guard our hearts against false motives.
Jesus says that the pure in heart shall see God. David says that the pure in heart shall stand before a holy God. To see God then is to stand before God. To see God is a matter of the heart. If your heart is pure, you shall see God. You shall stand before God.
The apostle Peter uses the word, “holy.” The pure in heart is a holy heart, a heart wholly disposed to God.
Now in the OT, no one can see God and live (Ex. 33:20). But in the NT, the pure in heart shall see God. Rev. 22:4, “They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.” When will this happen? At the beginning of a new age, in the New Jerusalem.
The bad news is that no sinner can stand holy before God. We are all impure, unholy sinners before God. But the good news is that through Christ, we can be holy. His blood can wash your impurity and make you pure inside. It begins with receiving a new heart at regeneration. It continues as the Spirit renews our hearts for God.
Through Christ, we can see God; we can stand before God.