When our daughter, Rebecca, was a little girl, she would dress up like a princess. We gave her a princess dress for Christmas and she wore it every day for many months. Becca was not pretending to be a princess; she really believed it. You see, we adopted Becca from an orphanage in China. As she grew older, she wondered why her eyes were different from her Mommy and Daddy’s and her two brothers. When she learned she was from China, she believed she was a descendant of royalty in China. She was so convinced she was a princess that she ordered a DNA test to confirm it, and perhaps connect to her royal family.
Is your imagination still active?
The only reason Becca stopped wearing her princess dress was because it was so frayed it was falling apart. You see, Rebecca was not just a princess, she was a warrior princess who climbed trees higher than her mom and dad ever wanted. Becca was fearless.
Are you still as fearless as you were when you were a child?
Becca had a bad habit when she was little. She sucked her thumb, which we knew was going to affect her teeth if she couldn’t quit that habit. So, we placed socks on her hands when she went to bed at night and we explained that she must not take them off. More than once, Becca came into our room in the middle of the night. She was crying because her socks came off. We carefully placed the socks back on her hands and carried her back to bed. Becca had a clean conscience because she was obedient.
Can you remember when you had a perfectly clean conscience?
Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” The characteristics of a pure heart could be summed up in an active imagination, fearlessness, and a clean conscience. Becca found out she is not a descendant of a royal family in China. She no longer climbs trees to the very top. And Becca no longer comes to our room in tears when her conscience is hurting. However, she still knows the joy of a pure heart.
Do you remember having a pure heart?
Jesus said you are “blessed” if you have a pure heart, because with it you can see God. Jesus told Phillip, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” What was Jesus expecting Phillip to see? It was not Jesus’ ethnicity, or gender, or physical appearance that Jesus was referring to. Perhaps it was the miracles he did, or the way the wind and the waves, or the demons, obeyed him? Yes, and more.
In my next post, I will unpack what we can expect to see with a pure heart.
If you want to know how to enjoy a pure heart again, surrender yourself to Jesus.
Post One – From a series of posts on Seeing God