Posted by: bshelley | October 14, 2008

To the pure

Today’s Verse: Titus 1:15 To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. NASB

When you are outside working in the yard, getting a little dirtier is no big deal once you are dirty anyway. Stains on knees and hands from planting flowers or from sweat from trimming and mowing are expected. One more stain is no additional bother because we already need to get cleaned up anyway at some point. However, when we have cleaned all up and have dressed in clean clothes, combed hair, cleaned nails and “spruced up”, we don’t take to getting dirty again. We don’t want stains on our clean clothes or dirt under perfectly groomed nails. That’s what Paul is saying in his letter to Titus. We have been cleansed from all sin by the saving and cleansing power of the blood of Christ Jesus. We have on clean new white clothes and have been cleansed of all impurity. We should have the same aversion to getting worldly sin and grim all over us as we avoid dirt and stains after we have physically cleaned up. We do have to go back out into the yard again and get dirty again to get the job done. This is where the comparison ends however. For once we have been made new and cleansed as white as snow, we should recoil from the potential of sin’s stain. We all know that this does not work out in practical reality, but it does not have to, we just let it creep back into our lives by ungodly choices. The real tragedy is when that happens and we just give up or give in instead of seeking God’s grace and strength to resist or to confess and do better next time. Thank God that the power of the blood does not end at the baptismal. God knew that we, being sinful children, would need not the limited atonement of bulls and goats, but rather the full atonement offered by way of the saving relationship in Christ. We must avoid being deceived into thinking that there are some sins that are “not so bad” that we should not recoil as God’s children. That way leads again to destruction if minds become clouded and evil seems good, or at least ok. It is a trap we are called to resist as those who desire to walk in the Light of His example. Put on your Sunday best today and strive to serve Him and stay out of the mud and mires that the world offers as cheap alternatives to God’s love and grace.

Audio Version: seeking-gods-heart-titus-1_15

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