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Foundations For Our Future #21

Foundations for Our Future (21)

by: The Rev. Dr. Jon Shuler

Almost nothing I know is more challenging in the Sermon on the Mount than this verse: only the pure in heart will see God. Matthew 5:8 is our focus today, and it challenges us to the core. What does our Lord want us to understand?

First it is important to remember the way the Scripture uses the word heart. It does not mean the emotional side of human life. It means the “seat,” or center, of all that a person is. Their truest self. Their very being. When the word “heart” is used alone, it means what we more easily understand by the command to “love God with all our heart, and soul, and mind, and strength.” Everything that is within us.

When all that is within me is unsullied, purified, whole in the site of God, then I am “pure in heart.” It is a state that can only be aimed for when I truly recognize my need to mourn for how far from this is my natural condition. It is an end vision for every true disciple, however.

As we have seen again and again, the Beatitudes confront us with a picture of reality that only the grace of God can help us achieve. For my emotions, my mind, and my will to be pure, only the Lord Jesus will avail. And he stands ready to hear the cry of my heart. “Come and make me holy dear Lord.”