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 Corinthians 7:1
People need motivation or a reason to do something that is not normal. Those that do things that are not normal have some type of motivation to keep them moving forward on a different path.
It is motivation to make money or have a certain position that moves a person to go above and beyond the normal person in their work. Or the desire for a healthy body motivates a person to exercise more. The successful person is one who has pushed through all the obstacles to get what he wanted.
Believers have a motivation to do things that the majority of the rest of the world will not do. Their motivation is found in the promises of God. God promised He would forgive those who repent. God promised that those who follow Jesus would be able to enter heaven and have eternal life.
Throughout the entire Bible God has given many different promises to those who believe. With those promises, it can motivate a person to want to live for God. To live for God is to keep one’s self from anything that is impure. Bad thoughts, bad actions, bad words, and any other sin.
Jesus has purified a believer of all sin. Now it is up to the believer to strive to keep from polluting the body with any more sin. This is not done to get saved, but out of reverence and respect for what Jesus has already done for the person. A person cannot do anything more to be more saved, but does things because he has been saved.
Each person has different things that they must purify themselves from. Each person sins in different ways and at different times.
Seek God to find out what you may have allowed in your life that is contaminating your body and spirit. These things could be physical or spiritual, but both can be polluting. Ask God to help you purify yourself from anything that is bad.
Jesus has already forgiven you, now just live for God in a pure and holy way of living. With God’s strength and guidance this can be accomplished. Do all of this out of love for God and for what Jesus has already done for you.
I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that God will reveal dark areas in your life; that God will strengthen you to get rid of all garbage in your life; and that you will live for God with all of your heart.
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:12
Paul uses the body as a great example of the body of Christ, the church. There are many parts but one body.
The human body is an amazing work of God. It has many different parts, yet they all work together in unity. A person needs the leg, just as much as he needs the hands. He needs the lungs, just as much as he needs the heart. If any part of the body is taken away, the rest suffers.
There are many people who view the church as very separate and not really in unity, because of the many different denominations that exist. While there is some truth in there being disunity in the various denominations, there is also some unity also.
Even inside a single church, there is always some diversity. Not every one agrees on everything. One may believe in outreach to children, while another is focused on outreach to the elderly. One person may have the gift of teaching, while another is more focused on prayer. One may like contemporary worship songs, while another likes the hymnals. None of them are wrong. Each one is needed.
The focus of every believer and every church must be on following and obeying God and building His kingdom. For each person this may be a slightly different method. This is where diversity comes in, the many body parts. The unity is in the focus and the mission. The diversity is in the different methods.
The body suffers when one part is not functioning correctly in the way it is supposed to. The church body will also suffer when one part is not operating correctly. When a person or church group is not functioning in God’s will, everyone will suffer some.
Many people do not like the diversity, but it is needed. Take a look at your life and ask God where do you fit in with His body. What can you do to help the body function in a healthy manner?
Complaining and fighting against each other, will not bring about unity, but division. Focusing on building His kingdom and show love to everyone will bring about unity of His church, despite the differences in methods.
What is your part in His body?
I pray today that God will reveal to you the work you need to do; that God’s love will show through your life; that all churches will focus on God’s love and building His kingdom; and that God’s kingdom will be built through His people.