I stumbled upon this verse today 1 Samuel 16:7 For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart. God created each of his children to look the way that He designed. Our outward apearance and physical composition is not something that we can change a whole lot. Why would God care about how our hair looks, how well we train our bodies, how well we may even diet? Some might say that he doesn't even care about our health or physical well-being, which do not matter in an eternal perspective. God wants us to keep pure hearts. By heart I mean spirit. Not the physical heart that pumps blood. It is the spirit that God is concerned with. God wants us to have a pure heart that reflects His love for us and our relationship with Him. Think about a child's heart that has not been manipulated by the ways of the world. Children are not naturally mean. They love people. They are always looking to do the right thing and make mommy and daddy proud. The want to be held, loved cared for. They care for others. This is a great example of a pure heart. I believe with a pure heart comes "child-like" faith. There is something to be said about how Abba, God the father sees His children. He wants us to come to him for comfort. He wants to hold us. He wants us to love on Him.
My goal is to do everything in life with a pure heart. Some things will come up that will make it very tough to not compromise, but I know that if I am faithful to my saviour and the promise spoken in Matt 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God, then He will be faithful as my Lord and leader of my life. Isn't the goal to see Him? This verse tells us that if we keep our hearts pure, never do anything for selfish gain, He will open our eyes to the amazing mysteries of His heart.
Walk this message out. Is there anything in your life that you are committed to with an unpure heart? Are there any areas of your life that you are being selfish in? Are you prepared for God to take you on a journey to a place where you will actually see His face?