Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Monday, January 8, 2018
This is devotional thought number 43 in our devotional series, God’s Promises are Sure!
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8).
I cannot wait! One day soon, all of God’s people will actually see Him. No more bowing heads and closing eyes to pray. No more looking towards heaven and talking, imagining to see the One we love. No more praying for the hastening of His coming. No more seeing through a glass darkly. We shall see Him as He is; but first, we must purify ourselves even as He is pure.
This all sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? But how do we become pure in heart? Haven’t we all sinned and come short of the glory of God? I am so glad you asked.
Let’s see what the Bible says: “Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. What the law could not do since it was limited by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending His own Son in flesh like ours under sin’s domain, and as a sin offering, in order that the law’s requirement would be accomplished in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:1–4, HCSB).
Here’s one more: “For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was chosen before the foundation of the world but was revealed at the end of the times for you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. By obedience to the truth, having purified yourselves for sincere love of the brothers, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again —not of perishable seed but of imperishable—through the living and enduring word of God. For All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like a flower of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word that was preached as the gospel to you” (1 Peter 1:18–25, HCSB).
Those who are pure in heart have surrendered themselves to Jesus Christ. Whatever He says, they believe Him and do it because He has proven Himself worthy of dominion, power, majesty, and honor.
He has purchased us from the devil’s slave encampment and liberated us unto good works. He has equipped us through the Holy Spirit to be living color examples of the principles the Bible teaches.
He has removed the condemnation we deserve. He has recreated us into the His image, and thus, we are no longer required to do evil.
We are not bound to the mistakes and weaknesses our ancestors passed down to us genetically, and we eventually cultivated by our own choice. The pure in heart have received the mindset of Jesus Christ; therefore, they will see God.
He is faithful, who promised. One day soon, this mortal will put on immortality, and corruption will put on incorruption. It will be a blessing beyond belief! Pray for the day. Look forward to the day. Prepare for the day. Prepare others for the day. It won’t be long now. The mouth of the Lord has spoken.