William J Toms wrote “Be careful how you live. You may be the only bible some person ever reads.” How you live your life is not just about you. It is also about how people see Jesus through you because you are His representative here on earth. When you make it known that you belong to Jesus Christ, anything you say or do is taken as a reflection of Him. Are you representing Him well?
I know in my writing, I emphasize more than anything that God loves us no matter what. I do this because I know some people are afraid to turn to God. The reason being that they think He doesn’t love them as a result of something they did or didn’t do. God will love you always. He is a loving and forgiving Father who through His son Jesus Christ showed us mercy and gives us grace. The love He gives is never-ending and never-changing.
That however does not give us leeway to live our lives however we please, when we now know better. This is clearly explained in the book of 1st Peter:
“As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:14-16.
God, through the Holy Spirit, works on us to assist us in living our lives in a manner that is pleasing to Him. Helping us live in purity. At the end of the day though we still have a choice in how we live. If you choose to continue living according to the world’s standards or go back to doing so because you tell yourself God will love you no matter what, is not why God gives us grace.
It’s one thing for someone who is trying to live right but falls into temptation and repents of it and turns to God but quite another thing when you know better but still choose a life of sin. Only you know the difference. At the end of the day, God knows your heart. If for example God has told you to stop doing something and you continue doing it, that does not please God and trust me you want to please God. He loves you and loves it when we please Him with our actions. He loves it when we obey Him. Our disobedience not only displeases Him but it hurts Him. Would you willingly hurt a parent that loves you? If we value the love God gives us, we’ll want to live our lives in a manner that is pleasing to Him, not pleasing to us. Living a life of purity pleases God.
I’m not talking about never having made a mistake or anything like that. I mean choosing to live a life of purity after being born again, after accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior. When you do that, your life starts anew. You would have been cleansed and purified by the blood of Jesus. There is no sin in you. That’s why God sent the Holy Spirit to be with us on earth to help us and guide us to live a life that pleases Him.
In Joshua 3 verse 5, it says:
Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”
Joshua told the Israelites to sanctify, that is, purify themselves before they went into the promised land. We each have our own promised land and before God can lead you into it, you have to, I believe, purify yourself. Consider how that might look like in your life. If you have no idea, ask God and He will open your eyes to it.
In his advice to Timothy, Paul talks to him a lot about purity. Although there are many parts regarding that, I’m going to highlight the following passage:
“In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2: 20-22
I don’t know about you but I want to be part of the gold and silver, for special purposes and useful to God. If you found out today you are indeed the only bible someone ever gets to read, would you be proud of what they read?