During this Lenten season, I’ve been reading meditations by C.S. Lewis from various writings of his in a booklet called A Clean Heart Create in Me. Over the past two days, I’ve been in an e-mail debate with a student over the existence of God, the reliability of Scripture, and things of that nature. It’s sad to see someone who is so violent against the reality that a powerful God reigns over this world. In today’s meditation from Lewis, the reason for this student’s disbelief became clear.
We are afraid of the jeer about ‘”pie in the sky,” and of being told that we are trying to “escape” from the duty of making a happy world here and now into dreams of a happy world elsewhere. But either there is a ‘pie in the sky’ or there is not. If there is not, then Christianity is false, for this doctrine is woven into its whole fabric. If there is, then this truth, like any other, must be faced, whether it is useful at political meetings or no. Again, we are afraid that Heaven is a bribe, and that if we make it our goal we shall no longer be disinterested. It is not so. Heaven offers nothing that the mercenary soul can desire. It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to.
May we see that Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:8 are so true, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Truly only the ones whom God has given mercy to in order to be pure want to see God. Why would a godless, wicked person want to meet God? That would be foolish! In fact, in Luke 12:20, Jesus told the story of a man who did not fear God and who stored up his treasures on earth and when he died, he met God and God said, “Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” Those are words I never want to hear out of God’s mouth.
There are godless people all over the world–as close as across the street. So, let us pray fervently and with perseverance that God will put people in our lives who are not pure, so that he can use us as instruments of righteousness to lead them to the table where we eat and drink from.