A Pure Heart
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
"Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?" (Isaiah 6:8)
It takes a pure heart to see God (Matt. 5:8). You
can attend church services, read your Bible, and pray, but if sin fills your
heart, you will not see God. You will know when you have encountered God
because your life will no longer be the same.
Isaiah was concerned with the death of King Uzziah,
the able king of Judah, but was disoriented to his heavenly King. Then
something happened that forever changed Isaiah’s life. God, in all His awesome
majesty, appeared to him in the temple, surrounded by heavenly creatures.
Instantly, God’s presence made Isaiah aware of his sinfulness. One of the
seraphim came to him with a burning coal and cleansed Isaiah of his sin.
Immediately, Isaiah began to hear things he had never heard before. Now, he was
aware of a conversation in heaven concerning who might be worthy to be God’s
messenger to the people. This prompted Isaiah’s eager response: “Here am I!
Send me.” Now that God had cleansed Isaiah, he was aware of heavenly concerns
and prepared to offer himself in God’s service. Whereas Isaiah had been
preoccupied with earthly matters, now his only concern was the activity of God.
If you have become estranged from God and His
activity, you need to experience His cleansing. Sanctification prepares you to
see and hear God. It enables you to serve Him. Only God can purify your heart.
Allow Him to remove any impurities that hinder your relationship with Him, and
then your service to Him will have meaning as you offer Him your consecrated