This past weekend I had the privilege of getting to speak at our 5th and 6th grade retreat here at StoneBridge. Our theme verse for the weekend was 1 Timothy 4:12 where Paul is challenging Timothy saying, “12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” On Sunday we focused in on purity. Purity simply means unmixed. It means 100%. It means that if something is pure apple juice, there’s only one ingredient…..apples.
What does purity mean in our relationship with Christ? Paul, speaking to the Christians in Corinth, says, ‘But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent.’ (2 Corinthians 11:3) A pure relationship with Jesus means that you have total trust in Him in every area of your life and in every situation. It means that the core belief guiding your life is that God’s best is always best for you (even if you don’t understand it in the moment or its temporarily uncomfortable or painful). Ever since the garden of Eden, Satan has been trying to make us doubt God and His ways through his cunning and his deception.
What about your life today? Our lives consist of our words, our family, our jobs, our relationships, our habits, our money, our decisions, our time, our wants, our needs, our talents, etc. How is the purity of your trust in Christ in all of these different areas? Are there areas where if you were honest you are living like your way is better than God’s way? This is a process in all of us. Sanctification is the process of God, through His Spirit, filtering out those pockets of impurity in our life, to produce people who sincerely, whole-heartedly, and purely trust their heavenly Father in a child-like way. Let’s press on towards that place!