Dave Milam really threw down in the Blessed Series at One Life today. The beatitude he spoke on was Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
The main takeaway this week for me was “pure” = Katharos (Greek). You can see the root for cathartic and catheter in this Greek word. Both words for getting rid of impurities in the body. I loved how Dave focused on the fact that we are “clay in the potter’s hands” and to get the air bubbles out of us and to harden us into a useful, strong, mature vessel that can be used to help others, we are thrown on the potter’s wheel. And thrown again and again until we are pliable.
Then we are pounded and pushed and mashed into the shape God desires for us. After that ordeal, God still isn’t done with us. He fires up the kiln and bakes us until the shape he has molded us into is set. Then He glazes us and fires us up again.
What was so impressive is that Dave reminded the church that most people don’t like pain and hop off the wheel at the first throw of clay. Or maybe they hop off at the molding stage and most hop out of the fire as quickly as they can. However, it is only when we allow God to do His work in us, when we allow the refining fire to burn away our impurities, only then can we see God at work all around us. With pure hearts, our eyes see God and we are blessed.