Is this pure?
One of the most desirable things on earth today is that which is pure. People would rather have pure water than tainted water. They would rather have pure peanut butter than some with salmonella. Nobody wants a product mixed with something that taints, impairs or infects. Defects and faults remain unwanted.
The dust and dirt of impurity aren’t only harmful but in some cases deadly. Many people aren’t aware of the dust blizzards that once plagued the Midwest during the great draught during the days of the dust bowl. Children died as a result of their lungs being coated with heavy dust in the air. Who isn’t familiar with the hazards of air being laced with asbestos or coal dust?
Miners in early America spent both time and money refining gold from minerals and metals it was mixed with as it was found in the earth. And why did they do that? They wanted the pure gold.
Oil refineries seek to purify the oil. The last thing I want as I work on this website is either a corrupted file or photo.
Almost pure water with only a little poison in it is still poison. It takes only a little to corrupt a lot.
This reminds me of two theological students walking along a street in the White chapel district of London, a section where old and used clothing is sold.
"What a fitting illustration all this makes!" said one of the students as he pointed to a suit of clothes hanging on a rack by a window. A sign on it read: SLIGHTLY SOILED -- GREATLY REDUCED IN PRICE.
"That's it exactly," he said.
"We get soiled by gazing at a vulgar picture, reading a course book, or allowing ourselves a little indulgence in dishonest or lustful thoughts; and so when the time comes for our character to be appraised, we are greatly reduced in value. Our purity, our strength is gone. We are just part and parcel of the general, shopworn stock of the world."
Yes, continual slight deviations from the path of right may greatly reduce our usefulness to God and to our fellowman. In fact, these little secret sins can weaken our character so that when we face a moral crisis, we cannot stand the test. As a result, we go down in spiritual defeat because we have been careless about little sins.
In a biblical sense, pure means not contaminated or holy. It also means pure from every fault, immaculate, chaste and having pure motives.
God’s Word says that wisdom from above is pure, according to James 3:17.
How many Christians, despite their claims, are really pure in heart? Paul was no stranger to the notion that things may appear pure without actually being that way.
“They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” Titus 1:16
Some find it easy to talk about God and thank Him for all His abundant blessings. The outward life for them seems so religious and so God-honoring. But that’s the public side. Behind closed doors, though, their deeds reveal something else.
It’s like the “cowboy” that once ran for Governor of Texas. He did well until that night around the campfire when his real character showed itself. I’ve heard the same story about pastors. It’s hard to believe but true.
“Nor purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.” Titus 2:10
A famous preacher once said, “Your walk talks and your talk talks, but your walk talks louder than your talk talks.”
No matter what we say, what we do speaks louder and many times that is what proves whether or not we are pure.
When you hear God’s Word preached are you looking for to the pure, unadulterated gospel of Christ? Pastor, teacher, are you thinking?
Trying to help God’s children be pure when we are anything but pure ourselves isn’t only hypocritical but harmful. What occupies our thoughts?
It’s so hard to keep focus today. So many things are happening. Don’t be distracted, though. Think about God and the things that are pure and without corruption. Focus and meditate on them. Many of the other things just don’t seem to matter so much and they don’t seem to take away from the pure message God wants us to share.
This kind of focus and thought life leads to pure religion because it also leads to pure action, pure motivation, and pure results.
James knew what it was about. Think carefully about his words this week as found in James 1:27.
“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
When is the last time we saw that, heard about it, or did it?