Purity

Dear Fellow-Disciple:

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." (Matthew 5:8)

Many of us read that Scripture and try to make ourselves pure because we really do want to see God. But we cannot make ourselves pure. It is an impossible task.

Purity is an impartation that comes in direct relation to our proximity to Jesus Christ. There is no such thing as self-purity, there is only purity imparted. And there is no impartation unless we place ourselves close enough to our Lord to receive the purity that radiates from Him.

If we struggle to become pure, it is only flesh wrestling with flesh. We attempt to attain a state of being which we decide is a pure state, while God may not consider that state pure at all.

...that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man...(Ephesians 3:16)

This Scripture tells us the Holy Spirit is our Strengthener; therefore, it is logical to turn to Him for help. But we should understand that applies only if we seek to be strengthened spiritually. The Holy Spirit does nothing to strengthen our flesh.

...and He said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 18:3)

Unless we enter the kingdom of heaven we won't experience the pure relationship with God that we seek. Little children are not pure! They are self-seeking from the first breath. They are demanding and manipulative and overwhelmingly self-centered.

But at the same time they are innocent and expectant and trusting. They know their parents love them beyond all their faults, and that each of their needs will be met because of that unconditional love. Those child-like characteristics of expecta-tion and trust open the door for the disciple to receive the impartation of purity.

That is the character our Lord seeks in His disciples. It is not an action. We cannot act child-like, we can only act childish. But we can be child-like. The key to possessing purity is that we must practice "being", rather than "doing."

The way of the world is an obstacle to purity. The test lies in our willingness to turn our backs on the incessant force behind temptation and deception. Peter tells us we shouldn't be surprised at our fiery trials (1 Peter 4:12). There is a close relationship between fire and purification.

It is difficult to turn away from the world and put our eyes on Jesus. When we decide to "be" with Jesus, that automatically makes us different from the world. Our principles, values and thoughts take us down a different path. We become nonconformists; therefore, a threat to convention. We especially threaten the monotony of conventional religion. We can never relax in our progress against the onslaught of popular public opinion.

The battle of "being" is worth it. As we keep our eyes upon our Lord with child-like trust and expectation, He slowly gives us His disposition, and an inner transformation takes place. Our renewal is not something superficial we accomplish on our own. It is an eternal thing that only God can do.

His peace, love and joy become ours and, eventually, His purity. It is not something we recognize until after it has happened. But as it happens, our spiritual vision improves and we begin to see God. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." It happens only by "being" with Him.

Jesus is King!

P.S. What are you doing of eternal value?

Question for today: Do I come to Jesus every day with a child-like attitude?