Why Do I Do What I Do?
Do I Have Clean Hands….AND a Pure Heart?
……..Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart… Psalm 24:3 & 4
One of the prerequisites to maintaining a proper relationship with the Lord is for us to regularly monitor our actions AND our motives. The above scripture acknowledges the importance of both of these qualities.
There are many instances when people have asked if doing certain things will cause them to go to hell. However, while our eternal state is of great importance – our daily walk is of equal relevance. My daily walk as a Christian will establish one of two points. It will verify that I sincerely love the Lord – more than I love myself. Or it will confirm that although I have acknowledged Christ as my Savior; I have not matured in my relationship with Him to the extent that He is the “Lord” of my life.
The statement “clean hands”; above the obvious, is also making a reference to those things that we are involved or associated with. We also must be certain that we have not become members of various organizations (especially those of you who are in college) whose origin is demonic. There are several groups who are accomplishing much within in our communities and making a great impact. However, their real motive is to get you to become connected with them. Therefore, by doing so, you have willingly given satan an access.
A “pure heart” reflects my intentions. If my actions are correct – but my reasonings which support my actions are not resonating from the character qualities of the throne of God – then I am operating from a place of deceit, deception and dishonesty. My actions also must not be the results of: the spirit of fear, past feelings of rejection, anger, pride etc.
Colossians 3:17 states, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
The word clean refers to the state of …while the word purity refers to the composition of. Both words are of grave importance in our ability to function successfully during our daily walk. The application of these words also greatly effects our relationship with the Lord and His ability to thoroughly use us.
A pure heart is a heart in which the Holy Spirit has free reign; where He can manifest the fruit of the spirit; and a heart that has been guarded ……and protected from diabolical or wicked guidelines.
Clean hands also refer to our works. Are our gifts being used in unpolluted and uncontaminated manners? Are we utilizing the proper methods to accurately cultivate our gifts… hence producing “clean” and holy representations?
Today, God is calling us to a greater place of discipline. A state that requires us to be more authentic than in days past. I often hear people in the body of Christ say, “Well, no one is perfect”. This is true; however, the Lord is calling us to strive towards living a lifestyle that is in accords with His kingdom principles. He is still requiring of us to be effective and to not make excuses for our lack of discipline that governs our lives years after year. (Note: Matthew 4:48 is not referring to without blemish….we’ll discuss this at a later date.)
To have clean hands and a pure heart will assure us of the ability to excel in our success against every diabolical device which may be hurled at us. This level of effectiveness will not just produce a “Church Service Emotional High”; but will manifest deliverance, change and “Fruit that will remain” (John 15:16)!
Let’s remember that people may observe our actions…. WHAT we do (clean hands). However, God knows our motives…WHY we do what we do (if we have a pure heart). Therefore, moving forward, let’s engulf a more disciplined attitude and be more determined to have clean hands AND a pure heart.