Joy in Purity
Scripture Reading — Philippians 2:14-15
Become blameless and pure
shine like stars in the universe.
Philippians 2:14-15 —
Where I live, the stars shine brightly against the night sky. Neither urban smog nor city lights drown out their brilliance. In the same way, followers of Jesus are to shine like stars in the universe.
To shine like stars in this way means to live as pure children of God. It means to possess an uncompromising devotion to learn and live by the will of God in Jesus Christ.
How do we live a pure life?
First, Gods pure light shines on us in order to dispel the darkness of our personal sin. Purity is Gods gracious gift. It is not the fruit of human effort. Second, Gods pure light shines within us. The smog of sin daily clouds the mind, and the dazzling temptations of the world easily blind the heart. We need Gods light to daily correct and guide us. Finally, Gods light shines through us, allowing us to reflect the Lords brilliance within the worlds darkness.
Many people want to live the good life, but their neverending quest often leaves a trail of greed, neglected children, unhappy marriages, and other hurts. The only way to escape these patterns of darkness is to learn Gods will and to live it out in our daily lives.
Do our lives reflect the brilliance of Gods gracious Word and work? Or do we remain in sins darkness?
Lord, how great and awesome you are. May the light of your grace always shine on me, within me, and through me. Guide me to know and delight in your will. In Jesus, Amen.