Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.“
One day, we shall all see God.
Some will see Him as Savior, Redeemer, Priest, Prophet, and King.
Then, there will be others who will only see Him as Judge.
All will see.
All will bow.
All will worship.
This is an event you will not receive a pass. You cannot call in sick, give an excuse, or simply refuse to come. The Word of God demands it.
Isaiah 45:23 “I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.”
Philippians 2:9-11 “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
It is inescapable.
That is a meeting we shall all attend after we die. But our passage today speaks of the here and now.
Is it in your heart to want to see God?
Is it a desire born out of love?
Do we fear that day because our life will reflect our laziness, lukewarmness, or even disobedience?
We are admonished to desire His appearing.
Titus 2:11-14 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
Many find it perfectly acceptable to worship at a distance, watch from a distance, and live from a distance. But, the active part of a heart wanting more finds that unacceptable.
Paul thought so.
Philippians 3:8-11 “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.”
To know God, as Paul is suggesting, cannot happen at a distance. For our part, we must have a desire to be close, to live close, and allow God access to every aspect of us; to not just be clean for the moment, but wholly, totally, and thoroughly clean.
We are admonished to keep our hearts with all diligence. We see the effects when our hearts stray as David’s did with Bathsheba. Psalm 51 gives us a peek into David’s heart.
Psalm 51:2 “Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”
Psalm 51:7 “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
In the place of cleanness, we can know His presence. When we are not clean, we will be like Adam and Eve, who hid in the garden. We will not desire to be in His presence. We will hide from God.
As we look to close out this year, let us finish well. Let us close out this year desiring God’s presence above anything else.