Purify Your Heart
Every man will receive his own reward according to his own
labour. We need not get discouraged because someone is getting
the credit that belongs to us. “Every man’s work
shall be made manifest; for the day shall declare it, because
it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every
man’s work of what sort it is” (I Corinthians
God will weigh us up at exactly our worth. He will search
all our works to see what our true motivation has been, and
whether there be any pride or self-seeking factor that would
cause us to take any glory to ourselves because of them. All
believers shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ without
disguise. We will be unmasked so that what we are, not only
what we have done, will be seen.
For instance, we must be careful not to allow pride to enter
into our spirits. There are many forms of pride. We may be
proud of our social position or our education; of certain
gifts that we have; or of our executive ability, i.e. our
power to do and bring things to pass. However, Jesus did not
regard the opinions of people. He came to do His Father’s
will and did not think of Himself at all.
Criticism or a critical spirit is another area of which we
must rid ourselves. It is utterly contrary to the spirit of
Christ. This does not mean that we will never see the faults
in others. Seeing them is one thing, condemning and criticizing
them is quite another. Our “seeing” should become
an opportunity to hold them up before the Lord in prayer.
The Lord is dealing with His people. He is dealing sharply
now, because He wants to get us out of these things, lest
He come and find them in us. God is saying, “I have
been bearing a good while with you, but now the time is up,
and I cannot bear with you in that thing any longer.”
If we turn away from the voice of the Spirit and do not heed
it, if we will not take discipline now, if we will not let
the Holy Spirit talk to us and deal sharply with us in these
things now, God will have to deal with them before the judgment
seat of Christ.
We see things in people that are dead wrong and we justify
a certain attitude of soul toward them, but God says, “I
will be merciful to the unrighteous.” While you see
them full of pride and self-sufficiency and all in themselves,
if you turn away in disgust it will keep you from entering
into what the Lord is doing. To say, “I tried to love
them” will not do. The Lord can change the attitude
of your soul toward those who have wronged you until you can
really love them. The Lord wants us to purify ourselves from
attitudes that are wrong and unlike Him. “Seeing ye
have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the
Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love
one another with a pure heart fervently” (I Peter 1:22).
The Lord also rejects an unforgiving spirit. There is much
in God’s Word concerning this. We who have received
so much forgiveness from the Lord have no right to react in
the spirit of unforgiveness toward those who have wronged
us. When we see what we have been, clearly perceiving our
own faults and how much the Lord has forgiven us, we should
be more than willing to forgive others.
When we stand before the judgment seat of Christ, God will
call things just as they are. He will remind us of the times
He tried to deal with these attitudes, offering us many opportunities
to rid ourselves of them at the cross. We cannot be rewarded
for our refusal to have our hearts cleansed.
We must trim our lives according to the Word of God, which
is so plain and explicit concerning these areas. We should
allow the Lord to deal with us now. The time is short. Now
is the race for qualifying. Make speed, make speed.