"Grandpa, this beatitude says the pure in heart will see God. What does it mean to be pure in heart?" asked Heidi.
Great-grandpa Hohenberger looked thoughtful. "To be pure in heart means to love God and to have His love fill us so much that there is no room for sin," he answered. "We should center our thoughts and actions on Him and look forward to the day when we'll be in heaven with Him forever. We must not be double-minded."
"Double-minded?" George asked, puzzled.
Grandpa nodded. "I had a friend who came from Germany soon after I did, and he was double-minded. All he ever seemed to talk about was our homeland. He always compared America to Germany. He thought the mountains here were not as pretty, the cities were not as clean. On and on he would go. I often tried to tell him to get his eyes off Germany so he could see America, but he never did."
"Then I guess he must have wished he had stayed there," said Heidi.
"Well, he claimed he wanted to be here, but he always wanted to hold on to the old country and the old ways," Grandpa replied. "He didn't like to speak English, and he only made friends with other German immigrants."
"You loved Germany, too, didn't you, Grandpa?" asked Heidi. "How did you stop missing it?"
"I chose to!" said Grandpa emphatically. "I decided that America was my new home, and I would enjoy the things Americans enjoy, like . . ." Grandpa's eyes twinkled, "like baseball games and apple pie and football. I made up my mind I would not look back!"
"That sounds like a song we sing in Sunday school," said George.
"I know what one you mean," said Heidi. "It says . . ." She paused and then began to sing. George joined her. "I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back; no turning back."
"That's exactly it!" agreed Grandpa. "We must follow Jesus and not turn back to the world. He says we cannot serve two masters. We can't serve both God and the world system. As we faithfully serve God, we'll see Him working in our lives right now, and we'll see Him in heaven someday in the future."
HOW ABOUT YOU?
What is in your heart? Jeremiah 17:9 says the “heart is deceitful . . . and desperately wicked.” But when you’ve prayed as the Psalm writer did, “Create in me a clean heart” (Psalm 51:10), your thoughts, will, and desires should reflect those of God. Your heart can then be pure before Him. Refuse to read books or watch TV shows and visit internet sites that use God’s name wrongly and teach things contrary to the Bible. Make a deliberate choice to follow Jesus and not look back at old sinful habits.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: (Matthew 5:8)
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.