One night after our class had ended, a woman from my course approached me as we were both descending the stairs. I listened as she told me about some of her aspirations and why she was getting her Master’s. Then, seemingly out of nowhere she made the comment,
“I really like your ring.”
Instinctively, my eyes darted to the silver ring I wore on my left ring finger.
As I have been wearing this ring for quite some time, I often forget that I’m even wearing it. Like the same old studs I wear in my ears day after day, the ring can become to me just another piece of jewelry.
But, I must remind myself, there is a reason why I wear the ring and this reason transcends simply appeasing the demands of a personal fashion preference.
I have been asked if I was married to which I laughingly reply, “Not quite.”
In a committed relationship? “Absolutely, but not in the way you might suppose.”
To me, the ring is a precious symbol of the covenant I made with my Father to remain pure until marriage; however, in the past couple of weeks I have come to the conclusion that I no longer want to just be pure until marriage, I want to be pure through marriage.
Purity isn’t simply a status to claim, it is a state of mind to seek.
Romans 12:1-2 reads,
“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Just like purity isn’t just a title to boast, neither is the title of Christian something we should content ourselves with. God has called us to so much more than that.
Being a disciple of the Lord means denying yourself and bearing your cross daily. Our journey with God didn’t stop at our last mess-up and it didn’t end when we finally accepted Him as our Savior.
Just as I want to be able to present myself before as a holy and acceptable sacrifice before the Lord, I too want to present myself as a physically but also spiritually, emotionally, and mentally pure woman before the man God blesses me with.
I don’t magically become the perfect wife when I take my vows. Purity is a daily, second-to-second choice of choosing the Lord’s best over the world. It’s about growing as an individual in your faith walk and being malleable in the Potter’s hands.
2 Corinthians 7:1 reads “Therefore, having theses promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
We can make the decision to abstain from sexual sin, but the vow of purity wasn’t intended merely for the well-being of our flesh. Purity doesn’t end at marriage and to think it does contaminates the beauty of the covenant.
The righteousness that Christ covered us in when we surrendered our lives to Him wasn’t just for that moment of repentance, but was meant for eternity. The same can be said for purity.
In the noise and traffic of this life, it is all too easy to merely turn Christian living into a habit, something you just do because it’s what you’re supposed to do.
Please, I urge you not to allow the beauty of God’s grace to be convoluted into a habit that we take for granted.
***And guess what? It doesn’t matter if you have made past mistakes because the love of Jesus Christ can make you brand new! I do not use this devotional to boast in myself because it is only through the grace of God that I can share with you. I am by no means perfect, but I am continually being transformed by the renewing of my mind.
Brothers and sisters, you don’t have to clean yourself up before Jesus, He takes you as you are and covers you with His righteousness. Purity isn’t impossible for you because the Lamb took all of our sin upon Himself on Calvary.***
Video of the Day: Out of Hiding
I highly encourage you to listen to this song. It’s an exquisite message from a Father to his beloved children.