It seems my glasses are always dirty. I don’t even know where the stuff comes from that makes them that way throughout the day – pollution? I often don’t realize how dirty they are until I’m looking in a mirror. Once I clean them and put them back on and everything is much clearer I realize just how dirty they were. Ahhhh, it’s so much nicer to be able to really see. That’s better!
Even though I get to live in relationship with God it still seems like a cloudy window stands between us. I guess, in keeping with my image of following Jesus on the path, it might be like driving behind him in a car that has a dirty windshield. I Corinthians 13:12 says, “For we see now through a dim window obscurely, but then face to face; now I know partially, but then I shall know according as I also have been known.” The limitation of this physical body in this temporary world keeps me from seeing God as He really is, and unfortunately there all kinds of things around that can make that view even worse.
Jesus told us that the pure in heart will see God. (Matt. 5:8) It is getting tougher and tougher to keep our hearts pure in these days. This week, on prime time television, in two separate shows we saw girls making out with each other. More and more entertainment pushes the envelope with sex and brutality, trying to shock us, trying to expose something new that wasn’t allowed or accepted before. What bothers me is that we all seem to be less and less bothered! We sit by and let the world slop buckets of gunk on our windows, spraying its indulgent self-satisfying graffiti everywhere. Even little splatters and specks of filth build up over time if we don’t pay attention. I feel like a stubborn child with my lips pressed closely together, shaking my head as the world tries to force feed me a bunch of junk.
Our glasses are really dirty and we don’t realize it. We can’t see God.
I don’t see purity as legalism, as a big list of do’s and don’ts. Purity is a relief, a peaceful state of mind much like the feeling of just getting out of a hot shower, all clean. It’s freedom. It’s lightness of heart. It’s a good thing. Seeking purity doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy life, I can just choose to enjoy things that don’t smear up my view of God. There are many wonderful things in life worth more than pleasure or satisfying ourselves. Paul gave us good advice on how to keep the glass clean and get the best view of God that we can right now, “I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” Philippians 4:8-9 The Msg
Why do I want to see God? I want to see where He’s going so I can follow well. I want to know better who He is. I love Him and want to be able to see Him there with me. He’s inspiring, majestic and beautiful. He’s awesome, beyond comprehension, a mystery. I’m connected to Him. I need Him. I want to see Him.
Someday this dingy windshield will shatter and I’ll leave my earthly, dying self behind and walk right up to Him. With nothing obstructing my way I will look right at His face. I’ll be truly fulfilled and complete.
Don’t miss out on the chance to really see the One who loves you more than anyone else…who made you, who has good plans for you, who can fill the deepest desire and need of your heart like nothing else and no one else can. He’s there. Clear away the junk and see.