God’s on top of everything. He gave us freedom. The freedom that rooted from grace that He has bestowed upon us. His words and teachings guide us to use this freedom with great responsibility. He provided us all the instructions through His promises and words. But still many are in search of their purpose and purity in the process are neglected or forgotten.
Purity is more than just a word. It’s something that needs to be pursued and should be given importance in our walk with Christ. Pursuing purity will leave the enemy’s voice powerless over us. Also, it silences the lies that are used to confuse us with what God had called us to do. This allows us to hear God’s words and instructions clearly and see things and every situation in His perspective. Only through Him, we will know our true purpose and the meaning of our existence.
As a follower of Christ we must live in obedience. It takes courage to live a set-apart life in a world where people are into the so-called status quo. We must pursue what is righteous in God’s eyes, for our purpose is not of our own but from the Lord.
A. Be Uncompromising
Titus 1:15 (NIV)
“To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.”
The word of God about purity has a holistic view. It does not only refer to sexual purity but also of the heart, mind, and soul. We must pursue purity so that God can live on us. For the enemy will try to snatch us by polluting and corrupting our minds by lies. The world will try to manipulate us using man-made dogmas. It is unutterably hard for those who resist it. Dealing with it requires a full surrender and self-sacrifice to follow the example of Jesus.
B. Be Set-apart
Philippians 4:8 New International Version (NIV)
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
God’s purpose for our life is to live in purity, free from the ways of the enemy. Our ultimate goal is we live a life that is honoring to Him. We must glorify Him and remember the sacrifice that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins.
C. We care called to be a conqueror.
Isaiah 41:10 New International Version (NIV)
10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
There is always a battle between the truth of God and the lies of the enemy. Our mind becomes the battlefield. We always resort to options that spring from lies and with temporary convenience. We fail to pursue righteous ways because we highlight the pale and preliminary life rather than the life beyond.
Man tends to play the games of the enemy instead of running away from it. We sabotage our purpose and only seeing one side of the picture. As a human, we are defenseless and powerless but, because we have Christ, we stand firm and unshaken before our enemies.
More than we can imagine, our lives are on display. This world gazes on upon us and even mock us for living a set-apart life. We tend to please people and compromise the standard that Jesus set before us and the values that we should have emphasized as a follower of Christ. We might be able to escape from the watchful eyes of the world by blending ourselves to the worldly nature but in God’s eyes, our true self will be unraveled.
Pursue purity. Pursue righteousness. Again, our purpose in this lifetime is not of our own but from the Lord. You have to know your identity in Him first by accepting Him as your Savior and Lord. Follow Him by living a righteous and pure life so that He can speak to you, free from the distraction of the enemy. If you are still wondering where you should go and what you should do, ask God. Only the Creator knows the purpose of His creation, not the other way around.
Jhoanna Mharie Valdueza, TLW Volunteer
Jhoanna is an AB Political Science graduate who’s advocacy is to share the truth of Jesus Christ to the youth through True Love Waits Philippines. She loves reading and most of the time immerses herself reading the works of Elisabeth Elliot, Corrie ten Boom and Leslie Ludy. You can check out her thoughts in jhoannavaldueza.wordpress.com