“for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true..” Ephesians 5:8-9
This week Chase Moore led us through part five of our series, Family Matters, with a message on living a life of purity. As a part of God’s family, we are called to walk in purity and holiness. God gives us boundaries, not to confine us, but to bring us into total freedom and intimacy with Him.
WHERE IMPURITY EXISTS, INTIMACY CANNOT.
God calls us to walk in purity because He longs for us to have deeper intimacy with Him. Whether in our relationship with God or other people, we cannot draw closer to one another when impurity is present.
IF WE’RE FOCUSED ON THE DON’TS, WE MISS OUT ON FREEDOM.
When we talk about walking in purity, it’s easy to just think of a list of boundaries or rules. When we do that, we’re missing the heart of God. God isn’t trying to keep us in a box, He’s trying to liberate and draw us closer to Himself. There is life and freedom to run within the boundaries that God has set. But when we become hyper-focused on the limits, we miss out on that freedom.
LET GOD DEFINE WHAT IS GOOD.
The fall of humanity stemmed from humans trying to define what was good. Genesis 3:6 says, “the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes…” What looked good ended up being the thing that brought pain, brokenness and sin into the world. God’s perspective is so much greater than ours, and we need Him to define what is right, pure and good. His heart is to see us thrive, and we can trust that what He says is good.
PURITY IS NOT PASSIVE
In Ephesians 5, Paul admonishes us to, “walk as children of light.” Meaning, we are called to continually move forward and take ground. As humans we are easily influenced by the things around us. This doesn’t mean we should avoid the areas of impurity, we are called to bring light into those places, but we also need to be on the offense. We are a part of God’s family, and our purity matters.
HOW DO WE ACTIVELY PURSUE PURITY?
- Confession // James 5:16 says to confess ours sins so we may be healed. It’s painful and hard to bring things into the light, but when we do shame and sin no longer have a hold on us. In our confession, we find freedom.
- Community // We need the people of God to speak truth when our perspective is clouded. It’s in community that we find understanding, forgiveness and accountability to help us stay free.
- Challenge // We need challenge just as much as we need acceptance. In community, we hold one another accountable and challenge one another to walk in the light.
It’s not just about what it took to get free. We need confession, community and challenge to stay free.
OUR CALL TO PURITY IS NOT A CALL TO LIMITATION, IT’S A CALL TO INTIMACY AND FREEDOM.
Ultimately, we are God’s beloved children, and He desires for us to be free. God doesn’t demand our perfection. When we allow ourselves to believe that we need to get it together before coming to God, we miss out on grace. God just wants us and our pure-hearted pursuit of Him.