“The flame of purity is lit . . . in you. You carry it. It burns within you . . . despite your failings, despite how you fall.”
“Stay close. I purify you. I purify you. My Son makes you clean.”
Wow . . . It’s a bit much to take, isn’t it? Jesus does the hard work. All we have to do is to believe and repent. But most of us have done that already. So, my friend . . . that means we are pure, now. We . . . are . . . pure. Not because of what we’ve done, but because Jesus’ light illuminates and eliminates the darkness within us.
It’s all a bit difficult to comprehend. In a world where the laws of cause and effect and justice and personal responsibility reign supreme, it would make much more sense if it were 100% up to us to purify our lives, to get ourselves shaped up.
It’s just too good to be true, isn’t it? It’s too amazing. I mean, we’re pure, now? Even after everything we’ve done? Even after everything we do?
So . . . maybe the best thing we can do in the face of Jesus’ crazy, doesn’t-make-sense act of love—exchanging His righteousness for our sin—is to simply respond with something that also doesn’t make sense and is equally crazy. Maybe the best thing we can do is simply accept the mystery and wonder of it all and simply say, okay. Maybe the best thing we can do is to hear the Good News, release our cynicism, skepticism, and our need to comprehend—and just accept and embrace it. And then begin to live in it—even though it doesn’t make sense and might never.
Listen to “A New Way to Look at Purity” . . .