September 30, 2014
“Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.”
- Matthew 5:8
What is God’s Word for me today?
Today, let’s talk about what it means to be pure. Ludwig van Beethoven said, “Anyone who tells a lie has not a pure heart, and cannot make a good soup.” He meant that an impure heart adversely affects the whole of man. The word for “pure” that Jesus uses here commonly appears with another Greek adjective – akeratos. This was the usual reference to milk or wine that was unadulterated with water, or of metal which has in it no tinge of alloy.
So the basic meaning of katharos is “unmixed.” That is what makes this such a demanding beatitude. Most of us are pretty good 80-90 percent of the time. We have most of our lives in order. But we tend to compartmentalize. We are 90 percent pure and 10 percent impure, which means we are 100 percent impure. Just as it only takes a drop of poison to infiltrate the whole drink and just a few cells of cancer to kill the patient, it only takes a “small” part of one’s life to mess up everything. We might rewrite this beatitude thusly: “Blessed is the man whose motives are always entirely unmixed, for that man shall see God.”
How does this make me become like Him?
Don’t think about the things you are doing well in your spiritual life. Focus on where you are falling short. That is the part that makes for an impure drink, or life in this case. Point your whole heart toward God and in your purity you will become like Him.