Living Effectively for Christ
Day 15- Practicing Purity
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9, ESV)
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.” (Psalm 119:9, ESV)
“The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” (Romans 13:12-14, ESV)
As we continue our study of living effectively for Christ, today we’ll look at the topic of purity. When I think of the word purity, my mind immediately goes to bodily purity, but I’d like to think about purity as it relates to our Christian life as a whole. To be pure is to be uncontaminated, unadulterated, unmixed, clear, clean, unpolluted, not sullied by anything. As those who have been washed clean by the blood of the Lamb, we are to be pure, not only in our actions but in our thoughts as well.
Have you ever heard the phrase “garbage in, garbage out”? If we want to live in a way that is pure, we will need to be careful what we take in. We would never eat a Big Mac and fries for every meal of the day. Not only would we likely get sick of it rather quickly, but the excess calories and lack of nutrients would have detrimental health effects in the long run. Why is it, then, that we are so willing to fill our minds with garbage every day via the television, the radio, our phones, the internet, and so many other sources by which we consume media? The more garbage we consume, the more garbage we will put out. So, next time you are looking for something to watch on Netflix, looking for a song to play while driving to work, or browsing the internet on your phone, ask yourself whether this will lead to pure thoughts and pure actions. We live in a world that is catered toward the desires of the flesh and it is all too easy to develop poor habits when it comes to the content we consume.
Not only should we desire to avoid bad content, but we should desire to fill our hearts and minds with positive things instead. Reading the Bible, spending time in prayer, listening to Christian music, and watching family friendly programming are all great alternatives to filling our minds with garbage. If we want to live lives of purity, we will need to control what goes in. Unfortunately, this is a battle that will need to be fought daily. Our natural desire is to sin, but with the help of the Holy Spirit and our fellow believers, we can work to be pure, not only in our thoughts but in our actions—and that begins with controlling what we consume. It is my prayer that each of us would give in to the will of the Lord, seek out what He has in store for our lives, and live in a way that embodies what it means to be pure.
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