“Blessed are the pure in heart, For they will see God» (Mathew 5:8, NIV).
You have probably heard of ermines, such pure animals that they prefer to die in traps set by their enemies than to stain their expensive fur, as Enrique Chaij told in his book There Once Was a Zoo.
Of course it’s not aware of the value of its fur. This small animal burrows in concealed areas, but when hunters find them, they cover their entrance with mud so the ermine will have to decide whether to stay clean or lose its life. It’s interesting that this animal isn’t being hunted a lot lately and it’s being replaced by mink to a certain extent.
When noticing your purity, others may also choose to pass you by. As Christians we’re not only faced with the temptation to be impure and corrupt our minds, but also with the pain of being rejected that is often generated by our decisions that seem so «radical» to this world that seeks instant gratification at any cost
When Jesus spoke of purity, he not only referred to being «merely pure in the sense in which the world understands purity, free from that which is sensual, pure from lust, but true in the hidden purposes and motives of the soul, free from pride and self-seeking, humble, unselfish, childlike» (Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, ch. 2, p. 25).
But if we thought that with that statement the bar had been raised a little higher, let’s also note that Jesus said, “All impurity of speech or of thought must be shunned by him who would have clear discernment of spiritual truth.
…Only the unselfish heart, the humble and trustful spirit, shall see God as ‘merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth’ “ (The Desire of Ages, ch 31, p. 302).
The way we see God depends on our purity!
Several situations threatening your purity will probably come up today. Remember the images that enter our minds are much harder to erase later on, even if we change the course of our actions afterwards.
Let’s take care of the avenues of our soul like the most precious fortress. That way, we’ll see God.
Take the opportunity this Sabbath to think about what visual and auditory «fasting» you can do to take better care of your “burrow.”