Have you ever seen an echocardiogram--a picture of a human heart--up on the screen? It wouldn’t look like much of anything to us, but a trained eye could look at an echocardiogram and see if anything was wrong. Jesus performs a spiritual echocardiogram on the human heart.
Jesus is concerned with our heart. It is not enough to clean up our act on the outside. The transformation that Jesus wants to do is NOT just behavior modification - so that what people see on the outside appears “alright and clean”
Jesus wants to clean us from the INSIDE-OUT…
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greedand self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside of it may also become clean. (Matthew 23:25–26)
The aim of Jesus Christ is not to simply reform the outward behaviors of your life or the manners of society, but he seeks to change the hearts of sinners like you and like me.
see also: Matthew 15:18-19 and Matthew 12:33-34
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God?” -Matt. 5:8
1) As followers of Christ, we will see God in the life to come.
As our hearts have been cleansed and changed through faith in Christ, we know that we get to spend eternity with him. This hope is an anchor for our soul in this life, because of the godly guarantee of being forever present with the Lord, that it promises.
2) Jesus is also telling us that when our hearts are pure, we will begin to see God in this life--not just in rare moments, but in everyday life--in our ordinary moments. When your life is all about God, you see God everywhere.