A Heart in the Kingdom Has Physical Effects on the World

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 86

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

–Matthew 5:8 (ESV)

In this combination of the physical and the spiritual, which God is pleased to regard as his kingdom, it is the heart that rules in mastery under his careful guidance. Such a heart has no other instincts than what God inspires within it, so everything pleases it, for it sees in everything an invitation and an opportunity to make a connection with God.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

You can say that the kingdom of God is not an earthly kingdom. Indeed, Jesus told Pontius Pilate, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). You may want to go further than this, however, and say that the kingdom of God is not physical, but spiritual. It seems, from the quote above, that Jean Pierre de Caussade would suggest another idea: It is physical because it is spiritual. When the King rules your heart, your behavior in this world changes. The condition of your heart does effect your body.

As a servant of Jesus, you are part of his kingdom. As Jesus went on to say to Pilate, in John 18:36, “If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” We learn here that your behavior will be determined by the nature of the kingdom you serve. The pure heart of a servant in God’s kingdom “rules in mastery,” as de Caussade tells us, over a “combination of the physical and the spiritual.”

The pure heart sees God. It sees each moment as an invitation to fellowship with the God of all moments. The life of such a heart cannot fail to effect your behavior. Its purity will be seen in the physical life.

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