Wednesday, June 25
Not sure if you have ever thought about the difference between innocence and purity, but there is one. In this day and age being pure is becoming more important than ever. It is hard to believe, but many times it seems much easier to live in disillusionment, disconnection, and even dissatisfaction then to believe in hope, in truth, in faith. After all, we have all been burned by "human nature" at some point in our lives. Sometimes it is in our selfish nature that gets the better of us. Other times, it is the human nature of others that causes us problems.
However, that does not give us cause to give up or give in. Jesus gave everything to provide us an opportunity to live by His heavenly nature, instead of our human nature. I think that there is no better way to show God how much we value His love, His power, and His sacrifice, then to reject our old life and embrace the new one that He has given us through His son Jesus Christ.
The truth of the matter is there is not one person who is innocent. We are all born into a sinful world that taints us, and despite what others may say our purpose is not to reclaim our innocence, but to seek out the pure life that God offers us through the sacrifice of His son. It is only when we recognize that God is the only way to find purity that we can be made whole. Innocence is not completeness, it is another type of disillusionment, when you use it keep yourself separated from God.
Oswald Chambers puts it this way,
"Jesus Christ never trusted human nature, yet He was never cynical nor suspicious, because He had absolute trust in what He could do for human nature. The pure man or woman is the one who is shielded from harm, not the innocent person. The s0-called innocent man or woman is never safe. Men and women have no business trying to be innocent; God demands that they be pure and victorious. Innocence is the characteristic of a child. Any person is deserving of blame if he is unwilling to reconcile himself to the fact of sin."
"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:8-9