by: Kayin Rolland
2 Timothy 2:22 “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow after righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
Recently I had the honor of working with a crew of guys to detail our gymnasium after youth conference. We cleared everything we could out of it. We gathered up all the trash, and swept the bleachers. Eventually, we finished up with mopping the floor. It was amazing to me, that after only one time of using the mop, the water was already black. The mop only had to dance around the dirty floor one time before the bucket of pure water was completely ruined. Our purity is the exact same way. We can spend one night out in the world having a “good time.” only to return dirty and tainted.
The word “purity” means “freedom from guilt or the defilement of sin.” Purity is not something you lose only because of committing adultery or some other vile sin, it can be ruined because of ANY sin. When Adam and Eve were created and placed in the garden, their purity was taken away because the sin of disobedience. Truly, your purity is very precious. Contrary to what the world teaches, purity brings more pleasure than sin ever will.
It breaks my heart to see in this day and age, that young people are becoming more and more careless with their purity. The Bible says, “foolishness is bound in the heart of a child…” We don’t have to be taught to do foolish things; the Bible says our own heart will. If you are going to stay pure, it will only happen if you are pure on purpose. Here’s how you can be pure, and stay pure on purpose:
1. Purity starts in the morning.
When do most of us shower? Hopefully every single day! I would assume most people shower in the morning. When do we brush our teeth? When do we get cleaned up? These things all happen in the morning. Purity should always be cleansed through the water of the Word of God. If you read your Bible later in the day when you’re more alert, that’s fine, but you need some Bible in the morning. Every morning I wake up and stumble to the restroom to get cleaned up and hopefully wake up. As I prepare myself by the sink, there are six 3×5 cards posted to my left. Each card has a different Bible verse printed on them, and each verse covers a different topic that is helpful to me. As I open up the cabinets in the kitchen, I find more Bible verse to read. Every morning, Jesus must be able to say about you and I: “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” (John 15:3) When you put on purity in the morning, you are more likely to wear it throughout the day.
2. Purity requires planning.
Every 3-6 months, my wife and I go on a three-week, meal plan that is called the “purification cleanse.” Sounds like we’re old and boring right? Actually, it keeps us young and healthy. The meals are planned out for you everyday, and each day is designed to “purify” a different major system in the body. The first time I tried doing this, I failed miserably because I tried to do it without sticking to the meal plan. If you’re going to be pure on purpose, you must come up with a purity plan.
When I was a teenager, my plan for purity was very simple. I planned on walking with God everyday, and being in church whenever the doors were open. This might sound old fashioned to you, but I planned on not dating until my authorities started nudging me to. My plan was to follow Christ even after high school graduation. Then, I simply prayed for power to perform the plan. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
3. Purity requires protection.
Everyone in this world happily accepts and desires the product that purity produces. It’s the process that people don’t like to maintain a pure lifestyle. Everyone wants the blessings, the benefits and the safety that purity provides, but it’s hard to find people who are willing to protect their purity the way it demands.
Nehemiah was given the charge to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem. The walls were designed to protect God’s people from the enemies of the outside world. The walls had watchtowers in certain locations, for the purpose of warning the people of an upcoming attack. The wall also had gates, which opened and closed depending on what they allowed in and out of those walls. Everyone needs walls put up in their lives, and as we get older, they need to become stronger and stronger. The watchmen in our lives need to have freedom in our lives to warn us of an upcoming battle. Perhaps most importantly, the gates in our lives need to be well-guarded. What comes through our ears, our hands and what touches our hands need to be protected with a holy fire.
Purity is something that you must keep if you want to see all that God can do in your life. Please don’t be casual with your purity. Walk with God and wise people everyday, and be careful of those who don’t “call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” Let’s be the type of people who “follow after righteousness, faith, charity, peace…” Just like my purification cleanse, you won’t see the results until you follow through with the plan; however, when the results are in, you’ll be very happy with how your life turned out. I hope you’re excited to stay “pure on purpose.”
North Valley Baptist Church
Santa Clara, CA