I love the Psalm that illustrates our soul’s desire for Jesus being like that of a deer panting for a drink from the fresh water brook (Psalm 42:1). And while the picture becomes clear in your mind’s eye of the deer quietly stepping along the stream’s edge bending down to catch a few laps of crystal clear water as it stumbles and moves along with the current, let the word “pure” enter the context.
The pursuit of a pure life should not be misunderstood as the look of perfection. Jesus alone was able to live in this fallen world in a perfect way without sin, though He was tempted in every way that we are (Hebrews 4:15). People aren’t interested in how perfect you can make your life appear because they know that theirs if far from perfection.
Instead, living a pure life for us in this sinful world is a constant returning to and a desire to be a reflection of Jesus. He is the one true answer and hope for the world, and He alone will be able to help them out of the darkness into the lasting light.
Setting yourself apart from sinful behavior with an upstanding character will be that purity. Not giving in to the pattern of the world but speaking the Truth in love to others will be a strength to those in need and a stumbling block to those who are opposed to God (Romans 12:2, Ephesians 4:14-15).
Go out among the lost as you live out your daily routine. Let them see how your consistent reliance on the Word for wisdom and your commitment to prayer for yourself, as well as others is how you approach life. In doing so, your action will demonstrate that Jesus is the real deal. The hopeless will see that when Jesus is the anchor for your soul; His hold is firm and secure (Hebrews 6:19).
In the places where you know you’re prone to stumble, don’t try to separate yourself from the weakness, acting like it doesn’t exist. Acknowledge those ugly things to Jesus and be committed to working on them with Him until you gain freedom. It may mean finding an accountability partner. Someone who you can call when you stumble, for pray and encouragement, helps you to overcome. It may also mean changing your patterns or your friends. We all find comfort in routine, but if that routine is damaging to your pursuit of purity in Christ, switch it up! Jesus is much more valuable than comfort.
Let your life be an open book that grips all who read it, with the fruit of the Spirit fully evident on every page (Galatians 5:22).
Read: Philippians 1:6
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on Living Wisely on July 7th, 2018 - Watch Sermon