Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
–2 Corinthians 7:1 NIV
Ever let your dishes sit too long in the sink and find a crusty mess that’s almost impossible to remove later? Those dishes can be similar to what happens when believers refuse to deal with sin quickly. Instead of yielding to the Holy Spirit, our delayed response allows time for the nasty residue of disobedience to stick to our lives with ferocity.
While purification of the heart is solely the work of God through faith in Christ, Paul reminds us that we have to cooperate with the process and choose actions that result in a clean life. While we may not cling to so-called gross sins (adultery, murder, malice, etc.), as we mature in faith, we should heighten our awareness of the filthiness of pride, anger, irreverence, envy, greed, and other more “socially acceptable” sins, as well (Romans 1:29-30).
If you have areas in your life that need scouring, it might be time to roll your sleeves up and get busy. Open the Word of God… Yield to the Spirit of God… Invite Him to change your heart as you change your behavior, so that you can be clean and fit to be used as a vessel ready for service.
- God, show me the things that stick to my life that shouldn’t be there. Help me be willing to be scrubbed clean.
- Jesus, You are holy. You are pure. Show me what needs to be changed, so that I can be like You.