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Today's Reading: Matthew 6: 1-6
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This passage is talking about what does "pure in heart" means, the sixth blessing.
N.T. Wright says:
In chapter 6, the focus is on the three things that Jews saw, and still see, as standard obligations: giving money, praying and fasting. In each case Jesus' point is the same. What matters is the motive. If these religious duties are done with an eye on the audience, they become rotten at the core.
If we struggle to clear our hearts of any desire to do something, so that we are acting from totally pure motives, we will always find a little corner of desire somewhere. Then, instead of looking away from ourselves and towards God, we find ourselves focusing back on ourselves again, wanting to please not God but our own ideal of lofty, disinterested action.
Jesus, instead, wants us to be so eager to love and please God that we will do everything we should do for his eyes alone.
If you have a pure in heart to your wife, then you have no need to focus your eyes or even your heart on any woman. And, you will have a more and more intimate loving personal relationship with her. If you have a pure in heart to God, then same thing will happen and you will do those things He commands you to do for His eyes alone.
So, how focus and pure is your offerings and your prayers?
Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage of scripture we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"
What I heard from Jesus today is: For your eyes only, Lord Jesus!
Yes, that's how we can be pure in heart. Our offerings, praying and fasting is not for others to see and to praise. They are for Jesus eyes only!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to offer, to pray and to fast for your eyes only. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
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