“Your potential is determined by your purity. If your motives are pure, there is nothing God cannot do through you.” Thats a quote from a recent Mark Batterson blog post. It rang true for me and my motives for this website. The future possibilities, your dreams, your God-given vision are all determined by the ‘heart choices’ you make today.
Batterson quotes Joshua 3:5:
Purify yourselves for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.
What does that mean? Batterson continues,
Instead of focusing all of our energy on planning the future maybe we ought to focus on purifying ourselves. After all, that is how God prepares us. You want to be used by God? Purify yourself. You want the favor of God? Purify yourself. You want to experience peace and joy? Purify yourself. You want to see God do wonders? Purify yourself. Or maybe I should say: let God purify you. You can’t do it yourself. But Christ has done it for you on the cross.
This reaches to the bottom of why I think the EIP discussion is so important. We need to keep ourselves pure. This isnt for ourselves, at least not physically. It IS for our soul, for our spirituality.
Our biggest problem is seen even in the first few posts Ive written so far. We started off with foundational truths, things that are simply out of the question when it comes to dating and relationships, things that are, for the most part, obvious (i.e. homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, etc.) Unfortunately, this is usually the direction we head when it comes to relationships: What can I NOT do in this relationship? Were essentially asking, How close can I come to sinning?
Instead, our hearts need to be heading in the opposite direction: What can I do to keep myself pure? What can I do today to prepare myself for my future mate, or to encourage a healthy relationship with your existing partner, so that you can remain pure together until marriage.
This direction will require us to make choices that arent popular with the culture we live in. Batterson ends his post with:
By the way, that probably means we’ll go through some painful things. Purifying always involves some fire. But God redeems our pain and uses it for His gain! And it’s the painful things that makes the wonderful things so wonderful.
And as we can see from Scripture, its what God calls us to–holy, set apart, purified!
Its time to make some hard choices! What direction do you want to take your relationships? Toeing the line of sinning, but not crossing? Or running as far away from sin as you can? (Not choosing one is just as dangerous!)
Question: What decisions in your relationships have you made to run away from sin?
(Read more at everythingispermissible.wordpress.com.)