We hear about purity in the context of sex and marriage, but purity isn’t just about sex. Purity is not about you or me. It’s bigger than that.
Purity is a lifestyle; it influences every choice we make. By pigeon-holing purity as a sexual issue, we’ve missed God’s intentions when He called us to holiness. When God said “Be holy as I am holy”, He wasn’t being arbitrary. Holiness is how we know God and make Him known – which is our entire purpose in this world! God expects purity from all who claim the name of Christ (read why in this post), but sometimes we forget why we need it.
So if you’ve ever wondered why purity matters, this is for you.
Your Purity Points to God’s Grace.
Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. (2 Cor. 7:1)
We are not pure by anything we personally have done. All of us are born into sin, unable to make ourselves pure enough to commune with God. The hopeless state of humanity is why Jesus came to bridge the gap between us and God. Our imputed holiness came at the highest of costs. We are made pure by the blood of Christ – and are now responsible to live up to that identity.
The purity of our lives points to the grace of Go, and how seriously we regard it reveals how much we appreciate God’s grace! When we make excuses for compromised living, the real problem is in our hearts. Impure lives point to hearts that don’t appreciate what God did through Jesus.
The more we comprehend God’s grace, the more we long for purity – and the more we share that grace with our world.
Your Purity Proves God’s Power.
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 Pet. 1:15-16)
Purity isn’t just about sex, but here’s an important truth: If you don’t pursue purity in every area of life, you’ll struggle to uphold it sexually. Because holiness isn’t something we only pursue in one area of life, we can’t expect to honor God sexually when we refuse to reverence Him in our friendships, entertainment, and spare time.
Our purity proves the power of God. If God is truly all-good and all-mighty, our lives should reflect that, but we will only reflect the influential power of Christ if we align ourselves with His will. God’s power is evident in us to the degree we obey Him. We obey Him by choosing purity.
Your Purity Attests to God’s Love.
He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time. (2 Tim. 1:9)
This holy life we’re called to live is all because of God’s grace. Remember: It cost God everything to make you holy. When you choose to live below that calling – making excuses for compromise and cultural ideals – you’re spurning the identity Jesus died to provide.
Your purity, then, attests to the love of God. The more you embrace holiness in your life, the more you proclaim the love of God to your community. You reveal that knowing God makes a difference. Knowing Christ changes lives. People will notice, but only if you prioritize purity the way God does. As you do, His love will be made evident in your every sphere of influence.
Your Purity Gives Hope to the World.
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. (Heb. 12:14)
Without holiness, no one will see the Lord. This verse sums up the importance of purity. Holiness is not optional. It is a requirement of Christian living. The purity of our lives offers hope to a dying world: Hope that lasting impact is possible. Hope that life has purpose. Hope for an eternity after death.
Purity keeps us in a peaceful, powerful relationship with God. But is also our primary witness to the world! It is our purity that reveals God’s intentions for every man and woman on earth. Our lives evangelize more than our words ever could, and how purely we live is our loudest proclamation of the gospel.
Your Purity Has Eternal Consequence.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (Rom. 12:1)
Purity has a cost: It is uncomfortable, unpopular, and difficult at times. Purity is why I no longer wear leggings as pants, don’t watch many TV shows, and rarely read fiction. I don’t refrain because these things are inherently evil. These choices are the product of spiritual maturity: The closer I press to the heart of God, the less I think of my Christian “liberty” and the more seriously I take my Christian responsibility.
This life is not about my desires, as much as I’d often like to fulfill them. This life is my one chance to proclaim the gospel. My purity matters – and so does yours. Your purity is a chance to fulfill the Great Commission right where you are.
Every decision matters for the gospel of Christ. You are a missionary, whether you wear that title or not – and your purity proclaims the gospel.
What kind of gospel does it preach?