In the world but not of it

November 19, 2010

True to the label…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love. 2 Corinthians 6:6

Recently I purchased one of those flavored waters that are advertised as being healthy, full of antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients.

After taking the first sip it struck me that the water was quite sweet and so I looked at the nutritional label only to discover that it contained 13 grams of sugar. Even worse, when you take into consideration that the bottle is technically 2.5 servings, the total sugar intake is nearly 33 grams, equal to a normal can of soda.

This is quite misleading for a product that is marketed as healthy and nutritious.

There is a big difference between the statement “contains pure juice” and “pure juice only”…

We expect a product to be truthful to its label and in the same way, we expect believers to be truthful to their profession of faith.

When God instructs us to be holy He is not suggesting marginal and occasional improvements. He desires us to be on the inside what our outside keeps telling the world we are.

While it is true that as children of God we are in the process of sanctification, it is also true that we all have areas of our life that can improve now and don’t require a “process”…

We can stop looking at the wrong things, we can stop saying certain words or phrases, we can stop condoning certain behaviors.

We can begin forgiving and loving, we can begin showing mercy and grace. We can start to pray, we can start to take necessary measures to ensure that we don’t find ourselves in sticky situations, etc.

Purity is a process but it is also a position, one that we must hold dear and precious…


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