There are many things that probably come to mind when you hear the word “purity” in you church family. The most common theme that most likely comes to your mind has to do with sexuality. Being “pure” has to do with virginity or something else to that sort.
I would like to encourage all of my Christian brothers and sisters that purity goes much deeper, and has a much broader application in our walk with Christ.
One verse that comes to mind that helps give us a greater perspective on purity can be found in the book of James, chapter 1 verse 27,
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
The focus here is the second half of this verse,
“to keep oneself polluted by the world”
Purity is valuable in every context, in fact the purity of something affects the value of it.
Think of gold for minute. Right now the value for pure gold (24 karat) is about $40 per gram, while 14 karat gold is $23 per gram.
Another way purity affects a substance is its potency.
Take caffeine for example.
I recently read a blog on the dangers of pure caffeine being sold over the internet. In its most common form; when it’s found in coffee or soda, caffeine is typically harmless, but according to the FDA, pure caffeine can be deadly.
1 teaspoon of pure caffeine is equivalent to 25-50 coffees!
The purity of something affects its
In a Biblical context, purity isn’t simply restraining from sexual acts before marriage, but it is the condition of your heart.
Biblical purity is the concentration of Christ in your heart.
Purity by definition is “freedom from adulteration or contamination”\
So if we rewind to the Bible where James charges us to keep ourselves from being polluted by the world, we can see purity in a whole new context.
The potency of our Christian walk, and how much we can make a difference for the Kingdom of God rests on the concentration of Christ in our hearts.
Everywhere we go, Jesus goes with us. He lives in our hearts, but there are many things that are “of the world” that try to creep in and contaminate our Christian purity.
What are your thoughts?
What are some common themes of life that are “of the world” that contaminate the purity of Christ living within us?