“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
(Matthew 5:8, NIV)
Word of the day:
In the scriptures, the Pharisees always went to the temple and did what appeared to be religiously right, but they had wrong motives. They went to be seen and to impress people. They read long prayers aloud, but only because they want everyone to hear. They gave their money to look good. And in the process, they failed to see God right in front of them in Jesus. Today’s scriptures tell us that the inner life is more important than the outer life. From time to time, we should ask ourselves, “Why am I doing this? Is it to help that person out of love or to impress them and get something? Am I looking for a promotion to look my best or to prove my importance? Do I volunteer to serve God or to be applauded by others? Don’t year after year like the Pharisees did, dedicate, serve, and do the right thing but reap no reward, because you are doing it for the wrong reason.
A prayer for today:
“Father, thank you for calling me to a pure heart and to openly and honestly deal with the underlying problems that are holding me back. Search my heart and show me the motives. where mine is wrong and where I am pretending I want to be real because you can use me for your highest purpose, in the name of Jesus, Amen.