4 "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate (love less) Me, 6 but showing mercyto thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. NKJV
What is God that He only allows the pure in hearts to see Him? How pure is pure to God?
Pure is defined as the state of being “unmixed with any other matter”. It is clean in the sense that it is free from any other thing. It is by itself. If I squeeze fresh orange juice into an empty glass and drink it, then I just drank a glass of pure orange juice. Adding even a drop of water with it, though it is pure and clean, makes the orange juice impure. So, it is not about what is added with it but that its state changed and is no longer by itself.
A struggle to hold on to pure motives is increasingly inevitable in these last days. The world has so much to offer for self-pleasing. Is there anything wrong to do one godly thing and accomplish two things? As Pastors and Christian missionaries we ought to be very careful about how we label our travel and the motives behind it. Let us not stick a mission label onto every travel we make even though it is meant for something else. In my 25+ years of service in the Lord Jesus, part of my ministry is to travel to mission points. You do not have to be the visionary to travel to missions. You can travel as a support to the visionary. I am a visionary missionary. I must say that the places I would go to are God’s choices for me. The going is not the difficult part, for all it takes is an invitation, a round trip ticket, and enough money for the duration. The hard part is how to know the place to go to, when and whether I should go. This requires a lot of prayers and discernment.
Every servant of God is different, but I happen to be the one who goes when I know it is God who says go and the places I go to He chooses for me. He gives me the instructions and directions to go.
Mission trips should be motivated at the call of God and the need of the people at the mission site. The people at the mission site must have the need of us to come. Missionaries do not need to travel if the need is not there. Missions should be done at the command and direction of God. It should not be combined with personal motives. Although many have tried to go to missions with mixed motives, they all returned with frustrations, negative consequences many regretted the trip.
Missions are not men’s inventions or ideas. It is God who pioneered it by sending His only Son Jesus our Lord, Savior, and He is God and the mission commander.
Jesus said in Matt 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. When it is for God it must be purely God’s or God will not set His approval on it for God is a jealous God.
This study will help us distinguish between human jealousy and divine jealousy and the things that provoke God to jealousy. It also touches the evidence of having the power of the Holy Spirit that leads a Christian to experience the jealousy of God for humanity.
If you are a dedicated ministry leader or a serious follower of Jesus and desiring to experience the great manifestation of God’s deliverance from your present situation to His promise land of provision and peace, this course lesson can help you understand that only pure motives of men are honored by God. We can send you the book. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.