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Pure and blameless

March 21, 2008

Are you living a life that is pure? We might question what the word pure really means because often people think of it referring to only sexuality. Pastor Rob Bell of Mars Hill church in Michigan recently told his congregation. “I want to live in such a way that if all the lights were turned on, if all truth and justice was brought to bear, I wouldn’t have to make any adjustments. That if everything we do were brought out into the open, to live in anticipation of the day of Christ is to live with such integrity and authenticity that if all the lights were turned on I wouldn’t have to make any adjustments to how I was living. That that day would truly bring no worries, no stress, no anxiety. “

If the light was turned on in your life and everything was revealed for others to see would you be embarrassed or ashamed? Think about these areas:

  • Finances – How you save, spend, donate, and manage your money? Does your money drive you?
  • Computer use – The documents you save, your organization, the web sites you visit
  • Music and media – The music you listen to, TV/videos you watch, information you read
  • Jokes and conversation – The jokes you tell, topics you discuss, ways you treat others in conversation
  • Personal health – The food, drink, medicine, and garbage you put into your body. Does it include things that are unhealthy for you? Does it affect others though second hand smoke or behavior changes due to drugs/alcohol?
  • Possessions – If someone knew all that you owned and saw every belonging are there things that would embarrass you? Why do you keep them?

Are you living a life that is blameless? We should be seeking to live in such a way that we are not doing anything that could cause another person to stumble or falter. Are you living in such a way that no one around you could question your commitment to Jesus? Do your words and actions match up? Are you one person in one environment and another person in another environment?

Paul made this prayer for the Philippians. As part of God’s family maybe it should be the prayer we each offer for the rest of God’s family. Philippians 1:9-10 – “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ”

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. zencath permalink
    March 23, 2008 4:20 am

    Hi and happy Easter,
    I read your post with great interest as it shows a lot of insight. It is a useful way of testing an action or thought, by asking ourselves whether we would want everyone else to know about it. Thank you for that.
    From the viewpoint of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which is the only one that really matters, the lights are always on. He sees and knows everything about me and, amazingly, loves what he sees.
    The opinions of others, while not negligible, are of minor importance in comparison, though they can serve as an indicator, as you have shown in your post.

  2. March 23, 2008 9:03 pm

    I agree, Christ knows all and is always watching, plus it is his opinion and his standards that really matter. It is my heart’s desire to live in a a way that is pleasing to him.

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