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May 11th, 2007

Participation

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalms 51:10 (NIV)

God places the righteousness of Christ in us at salvation. His impartation of purity makes us fit for the Kingdom of God. Our response should be that of participation in the perpetual process of purity. We work out what God has worked in!

Notice how James highlights our responsibility in the partnership with God:

“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:8 (NIV)

We are to take the initiative to purify our hearts. The constant pursuit of purity should be evidenced in our lives. We are living out the imputed righteousness of Christ. We take on the nature of Christ to live in obedience to God.

God rewards our participation in the process of purity. Jesus spoke it clearly in what we call the Sermon on the Mount:

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matt 5:8 (NIV)

Are you pursuing purity? Is your life unmixed and unadulterated? Are you clean before God? God invites you to walk with Him in purity. His heart is reflected in the prodigal son’s life.  

“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.’” Luke 15:22-23 (NIV)

Why would the father demand that the servants put a ring on the prodigal son’s finger? The ring symbolizes relationship and partnership. The broken and confessional son received affirmation of his sonship. The father signified the partnership through a ring.

Are you connected to Jesus? Is your life hidden in Christ? Can you say that Christ is your life? Who will you partner with today in order to pursuing a life of purity?

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Pastor of Leadership and Pastoral Care

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, May 11th, 2007 at 4:00 am
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