To See God

Sandy Zull

READ : Isaiah 6:1-7

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

Well, there it is. Even with great effort and Christ at our side this beatitude sets an unreachable standard. No one is pure of heart. Even if we were to attempt it, the very endeavor would trigger such a degree of self-conscious self-righteousness as to annihilate the possibility of success. The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard provides some help in his book Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing. He proposes the “one thing” to be willed is the will of God. It is in constant relationship to God that we find even the will to will what God wills.

To will God’s will is to choose daily between the passive lethargy of our old selves and the productive discipleship of the reborn. Our witness to a cynical, hardened world is determined by the often split-second choices between that passivity and action. How will the world recognize the pure of heart? Jesus shows us. The pure in heart are meek, they hunger and thirst after righteousness, they are merciful; in other words, they are actively following Jesus.

It is the will of God that we be such both for our sake and that of a broken, sick unto death world that is yet beloved by its Creator.


Christ, I pray, at all times and in all ways for you to be present in my choosing today.