Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Are you sure that's OK? - Titus 1:15-16

15To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. - Titus 1:15-16

Is this verse giving license to the Christian? In one sense – yes. To Christians who have purified themselves with the atoning sacrifice of Christ’s blood “all things are pure”. If someone has truly died to self and is living in sincere newness of life, surrendered to the will of God and obedient to the commands of Jesus, then everything that God created is good and nothing should be rejected when received with pure thanksgiving. In other words, the heart motivation and also actions are pure when directed by Christ. This is true freedom.

On the contrary, to those who do not believe and do not live their lives in Christ, all things are corrupt and nothing is pure. Why is this? Because they are living for themselves instead of God. Their hearts are not turned toward God, but instead turned toward themselves. This is a life lived not for God.

God wants our hearts. And when he truly has our hearts we will live our lives according to his will. When we live according to his will everything we do will be good and pure. We will not be able to do anything accept what is good. This is true freedom. This is the result of a life lived in Christ for God. Does this mean instant perfection? No, but it does mean instant submission and a repentant heart toward almighty God.

Paul also addresses this topic in his first letter to Timothy in chapter 4:3-5.

Lord, thank you for the freedom that is found in a life lived for you. I daily submit my will to yours. I daily acknowledge that I no longer live accept in you. I choose this day to take up my cross and follow you. I declare that I have died with Christ and have risen in newness of life having victory of sin and death in Christ. My will is submitted to your will. Continue to sanctify me and help me live out this truth in every aspect of my being.

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