"PURE"- 1) Free from Contamination; 2) Containing nothing unnecessary; 3) Without faults; 4) Full-strength. Free from impurities.
Who is the "focus" of my life?
"God's readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation's available for everyone! We're being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears, who gave Himself to free us from a rebellious life into this good and pure life."
Titus 2: 11- 14, The Message
He is one of the most interesting characters in all of the Bible. We meet him in I Samuel 16, where as a young man, we find David as "keeper" of the family sheep. He was a shepherd on the slopes of Bethlehem. His was a solitary life - but an exciting life. As David tells in describing the challenges he faced: "I kept my father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: and I went after him, and delivered it out of his mouth…I slew both the lion and the bear (I Samuel 17: 34, 35 K.J.V.). Quite a beginning to this young man's life. What a way to gain the respect of men and admiration of women.
David's exploits in his youth did not stop with his protective prowess as a shepherd. Indeed, not long after the events just chronicled, David volunteered to go up against a fierce enemy of Israel - the Philistine giant, Goliath.
When David arrived at the camp of Israel, with supplies his father Jesse had sent for David's brothers who were in the army, David took a look around and without hesitation asked, "Is there not a cause?" In other words, "What's wrong with you people? Isn't there somebody who is ‘focused' on protecting the name of the living God? Why should we let this Philistine defy our God?" (I Samuel 17: 29 K.J.V.).
There it is! The word that is so critical in allowing God's purity to take root in our hearts. The word is "focus." And it is defined as, "our center of interest or activity. A focal point of clarity."
You see, when David was young, early in his life, the Biblical record states: "The Spirit of the Lord came upon Him from that day forward" (I Samuel 16: 13, K.J.V.) David focused his life on the person who was to become the "center" of His life. From the day when David decided God would be the focal point of His life - he didn't live for Himself.
"And what," you may ask, "does a change in my focus have to do with the purity of my life?" The answer is: everything!
These words of Maria de Piazzi in Probation explain, in such a beautiful way, how the focus of our lives determine the pureness of our lives: "Pure is the soul that is humble; pure is the soul that has abandoned itself…purity exclusively, absolutely lies in seeking God's honor and glory."
Just as the young David asked, "Is there not a cause to stand up for?" so we face the same daily challenge in our lives.
"Who will I focus my life on?" The pureness of heart David sought could not be gained by following his own will or his own way as we will see later. The pureness of heart David longed for had God as its only source.
In the words of St. Francis of Assisi: "The truly pure of heart are those who…seek the Lord God living and true."
"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."
Psalm 51: 10, King James Version
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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