Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
Well, there goes my chances of ever seeing God! My heart is anything but pure. The Greek word is katharos and it means free from corrupt desire, from sin and guilt, sincere, genuine, blameless, innocent. I fall so short of that definition daily. So how can I ever hope to see God?
Moses must have had a pure heart. “The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.” Exodus 33:11. Imagine having a face to face relationship with God. I can’t imagine being that close to God. First off, I would feel so filthy and unclean. Like Adam, I think I would hide. Next, I would feel like a total failure, like I had failed to accomplish what I was supposed to do. Finally, I would feel so unworthy of being in God’s presence. These responses are my pride speaking. The part of me that says that I can do it on my own and I can earn your love for me and that I am only as good as what I do for you.
But that’s not God’s way. Those responses are true. I am filthy. I am a failure. I am unworthy. But the story doesn’t end there. God cleanses me. God has prepared good works for me to do. God makes me worthy. In Christ I am a new creation. Therefore, not only can I be in God’s presence, but He wants me to be in His presence!
Hebrews 10:22 “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”
James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
If I want to talk with God face to face like Moses, if I want to purify my heart so that I will see God, I must do this one thing, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” James 4:10. The key to being pure in heart is humility. It was said of Moses that he was the humblest man on earth (Num 12:3). Blessed are those whose hearts have been made pure by Christ, for they will see God. I will never become pure by my own strength. Only when I allow Christ to wash me clean, will I be able to see God.