I Know What You’re Thinkin’!

I have one of those faces. You know . . . the kind that shows every thought. My friends can always tell if I disagree with something or if I’m trying really hard to cover shock or disappointment. I’ve always been bad at hiding anything. So, several years ago I determined that, if my thoughts and attitudes were going to be so obviously displayed, rather than trying to perfect new facial expressions–I needed to purify my heart!

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8).

This verse holds exciting promise. It motivates me to pursue purity. If purity was simply “checking the box” as we scroll down the daily actions of life, it would be much easier:

✓ Had daily devotional time
✓ Cooked breakfast for family
✓ Sent card to friend in hospital
✓ Baked cookies for youth Bible study

Purity of heart reaches far deeper than our daily actions–it should dictate our daily actions, but sadly, it’s possible to perform lots of “good” activities with an impure heart. Remember Jesus’ word to the Pharisees about this in Luke 11:39?

“Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish,
but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.”

Whoa. Pretty direct statement there.

I wonder how He views my “cleansing of the cup and dish?”

Several years ago I did a study on purity of heart and came up with a few questions to evaluate my motives. You see, we can be performing some pretty spectacular looking, super-duper, spiritually impressive activities . . . but if our motives are impure, these activities are worthless.

Consider a few of these self-examination questions that can help determine your motive:

• Would I be doing ____________ [fill in the blank] if no one ever noticed my efforts?

• Are my friends mainly people who can help me or offer some beneficial service to my life?

• Do I serve my employer for monetary reasons only?

• Do I treat those under my authority with as much respect as I treat those who can advance my agenda?

• Do I show respect and kindness to those who will not repay me?

• Do my ideas include plans to manipulate circumstances for my own benefit?

• Do I often attempt to present myself to others in a better light than is accurate?

• Am I hiding certain things from my spouse?

• Do I treat my family better when we are in front of others?

• Would I give financially to ministry opportunities if it weren’t tax deductible?

• Do I serve in certain capacities because of the respect it brings?

• Would I live my life any differently if no one were watching?

Consider compiling your own list, or you might want to share a few suggestions here. Please feel free to add to this list or share anything God may have shown you today about impure actions.

One Comment

  • Tambra Lucas

    Ha,ha I have seen those looks before. And I don’t believe we should hide things, I like people to be upfront and honest with me. Sometimes its not fun, sometimes it’s a little irritating, when we have a close friend that disagrees or is holding us accountable on the other hand we need to be held accountable in love by our close friends. I believe to often friends tend to look over things maybe even sin in their friends lives, because they are their friends, and they don’t want to hurt a friends feelings or hinder their relationship. I don’t believe that is a true and genuine friend. We don’t want our friends telling us just what we want to hear , we want a friend that is truthful. But to be truthful in love. I tend to think and speak to much, when I think it is usually spoken, I am not a private or secret person, and I think that is because I grew up with 7 sisters and 2 brothers , there was no privacy and nothing could be done in secret. And if I disagree it most likely will not be on my face, but come right out of my mouth. And really not trying to be mean or short just saying what I am really thinking. My own husband has said to me , don’t say everything you think. Hum… I wish I had more of a quiet and gentle spirit, which is precious in the sight of the Lord. My hearts desire to have a voice with salt and grace. This week God has been speaking to me on my mouth, and how I need to let my words be few. “Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.” Ecclesiastes 5:2