Matt. 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [and daughters] of God.
“Blessed are the pure in heart.” Is there anybody out there who is really pure in heart? I don’t know. But I do know I have met very few. And the few I’ve met have been little old people who have long ago given up thinking they’re somebody; given up any illusions of how great they are; surrendered their whole hearts to God; and God has poured a full dose of His purity into them. Pure, unadulterated, whole, entire, love. All about God, none about them. That’s humble.
“Blessed are the peacemakers.” Why them? Why does God bless them? Maybe it’s because in order to be a peacemaker, you have to know how to be humble. You have to attribute the best motives to both sides, in order to find the middle ground of peace. Maybe it’s because you can’t be the “ruler” and expect either side to genuinely agree to peace. Maybe peace only comes from God (really), and if you’re going to “make peace”, you’re going to have to get your self and all of the self-ish stuff out of the way, because that’s the only way God can or will use you to “make peace”. Did you ever think about the word “selfish”? We always think it means an attitude of possession, usually of property, stuff, things. But “self-ish” really is a lot more about me having my way. Not just about stuff, but more about control. My ball, my game, my goal posts, my way. If you don’t do things my way, then I’m not going to play with you anymore. I’m just going to pack my stuff and go home. Not much humility in that, is there?
Like it has been said before, if you want to be like Jesus, you have to be humble. Jesus was the same Person about Whom Paul said, in Philippians 2:5-8: “Let this mind, [this attitude] be in you that was in Christ Jesus, . . . who, being found as a man, . . humbled himself and became a servant [a slave] . . and was obedient unto death, even death on a cross.” So if you want to be pure in heart, so pure that you see God; if you want to be a peacemaker, so that you’re called a son [or daughter] of God; then you have to Be Like Jesus; and part of what that means is to be humble.
Tex, thanks for your blog and postings. Messages full of wisdom.
As I reflect on my life, I have been living a more ego-led life, decorating my persona, trying to do better and better, running faster and faster inside of this limited self-image… Jesus makes so clear that there’s a self that has to die so that another self can live. I finally understood when Jesus commanded in His early teachings “Repent”. It is an invitation to change, to be an apprentice of Jesus, to be like Him. I believe that Christlikeness is a transformation process we could start now. As Peter said in 2 Peter 1, 5: “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love”. The Kingdom of God is available to all of us, right now!