kingdom.experiment.6

Week 6 – The Pure in Heart

Wow. I totally forgot I was writing this series! Must be the fact that 40 is closing in, hahaha.

My bride, Angel loves a clean house. Well, I do too, but we tend to think of a clean house quite differently. For me, if company comes over and it looks clean, well then it’s clean. But that is not good enough for Angel. Not only does what we “see” have to be clean, but she labors pretty intensely on making sure what’s “not seen” is also clean. You know, stuff like lifting the couch into the air so she can vacuum underneath it. Making sure the clothes are actually folded within the dresser drawers. Making sure the spot on the back of the toilet, up against the wall, where no one but my dogs can actually see, gets pine-sol’d.

Sometimes I drive her crazy because I equate “picking up” with “cleaning up” – I’ll throw stuff in a drawer or behind a closet door. Not her. It goes where it is supposed to live, being a specific storage nook, on a hanger, or in the trashcan. Part of the reason I am like this is because I don’t clean in advance. I don’t have time to clean (ladies, no shoe-throwing) – so I scurry to clean when a friend calls and says, “Hey, mind if I come over in an hour?” On the other hand, Angel cleans in advance – she actually thinks about how to schedule cleaning into her daily routine. I just don’t get it. I try, but I’m a dumb male, and it just does not make sense to me.

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

Perhaps that’s why I do the same thing with my heart – my spirit. I am too busy to purposefully consider how to set aside time for spiritual cleansing – or so I tell myself. Sometimes, the situation is much worse. OK, so I’ll admit, that sometimes, I do the spiritual equivalent of “scurry cleaning.” I do what it takes to make myself look spiritually pure. Ouch.

I tried several of the experiments for this week of the study, but the one that really became “my” experiment was being intentional about maintaining places of solitude. I can’t scurry clean” my heart. I’ve got do keep steady maintenance on my heart-purity, making time for serious and deep prayer and introspection. I had become negligent again since this study, but blogging has become my new intentional pursuit of a pure heart.

Still in His grip.

20 thoughts on “kingdom.experiment.6”

  1. Yes, I see myself in this. I do a little better with cleaning these days (not just the surface), but I need to put more effort in the clearing of my heart by His grace. Great reminder, Herb. Thanks.

  2. I can relate to the whole “cleaning” thing. April wants everything nice and orderly…even the places people can’t see. Me…I’m more of the cram it in and don’t let them open up your closet door type of guy.
    I refer to this book all the time, but I can’t help but thin of Ezekiel 36, when it speaks of getting a new heart and becoming cleansed.

    I really enjoyed this one Herb.

  3. OK…I’m in a weird mood, so let me just apologize for this comment before I get started. With that out of the way:

    For some reason this has me picturing Jesus as a maid (I’ll let you imagine your own uniform, don’t be sacrilegious)… In the end we are unable to clean out our Spiritual clutter on our own, we have to rely on Him…we just have to be available, which I think is the point of your post. Moving beyond a drive through mentality in order to set aside the time to be available for God to work in and through our lives.

    1. hmm… more on this… a pursuit of a pure heart is a pursuit of intimacy with God, a pursuit of letting go of the hindrances, a pursuit of allowing God to change the room…

    2. LOL… ahem… Jesus as a maid… my imagination is going haywire… πŸ˜€

      but great point in the message, Herb. i range from being a clean freak to getting lazy and not wanting to do anything… but although that might work with cleaning the apartment, heart matters are way more important.

      thanks!

  4. I don’t know how to start here. I do believe we need Him to clean our heart. Isn’t there a song? Create in me a clean heart? I think it’s always our part to go to Him. He is always waiting for us to come to Him, right? I believe He already knows everything also what’s dirty and has to be cleaned. We tell Him what He already knows. So all we have to do is be ready and go to Him, tell Him and let Him clean us. Afterwards I always realize He already knew all this and was waiting for me. I can bang my head because I always forget that.

    Learned another word “scurry”.

  5. Did I already let you know I like your blog? I told you I might like it. Oh, and I like you too. Is also nice to know, right? Uh! Ani just shut up and leave this blog will you? Okay, I’m leaving. bye bye.

  6. Herb, thanks for your wonderful additions to today’s post on “Goal Addiction”. I just posted a reply on the blog, but wanted to come say hello.

    yes, there is not short cut to cleansing our hearts. I find I need to “air” my soul out in His presence. And I was convicted this week, asking myself, how much do I really need God? I can see by the time I spend with Him.

  7. “I can’t scurry clean” my heart. I’ve got do keep steady maintenance on my heart-purity, making time for serious and deep prayer and introspection.”

    Yep, I can totally relate to that. Thanks for the reminder! πŸ™‚

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