Blessed are the pure in heart. (Matt. 5:8)
Expanded Passage: Matthew 5:8
College degrees help us achieve vocational success. We are taught they are important and should be a high priority as we plan our lives. I came from a lower income community, so a college degree was also seen as my ticket out to a better life. It became my priority over everything else, including God. I would sacrifice prayer time to be active and build connections at my university. I would sacrifice reading the Bible to have extra time to study for classes. And I would sacrifice Sunday services to sleep in and rest from all the school work. And while these are only spiritual disciplines, my relationship with God suffered because of my lack of engagement with him and his Word. My heart was busy with other things.
Jesus taught that the pure in heart will be close to God. Yet, we often allow our relationships and circumstances to interfere with the purity of our heart. We value the things we can see, far more than God, and place them on the throne of our heart. They corrode the space that should belong to God.
If we are to experience the fullness of God’s love, then we must keep our heart and our eyes focused on him. We must release anything that threatens to become an idol and remember that all things come from God.
Release something your heart is clinging to today.
Tara Klein is a Wesley Seminary graduate who enjoys relaxing with her family, serving others, and sharing God’s unconditional love with the lost and broken-hearted.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.