How Pure Must I Be?

1 Timothy 5:22

The pristine white brick building was evident from a block away. With the sun’s rays bouncing off the walls, we sensed an air of spotless cleanliness about the Environmental Monitoring Laboratory where our son Doug works as an analytical chemist.

The guide who welcomed us began by explaining the work that went on in that facility. In short, he said it was their job to see that our drinking water is kept pure.

As technology progresses and as the population grows, new sources of pollution present challenges to pure drinking water. For instance, as landfills continue to grow in size and number, the possibility of ground water contamination also increases.

The guide explained how with computers and robotic equipment the chemists and technicians can identify the tiniest potential threat to our water supply and correct it before it becomes a hazard. “We are looking for one part per billion of impurity,” he explained. “If you were to take an acre of sand, which is about 200 feet square, and try to find one impure grain at surface level, that would give you an idea of our task.” He concluded by stating, “There is nothing so precious, so priceless, as clean water.”

We left the laboratory, but I kept thinking of his words, “We are looking for one part per billion of impurity.” Is it really so essential that our drinking water be that pure? If so, what kind of standard must God have for our personal purity? How pure must I be?

“Keep yourself pure,” the Apostle Paul admonished young Timothy (1 Timothy 5:22). How can we live a pure life? It was the Apostle John who wrote the answer to that question. “The blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin… If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:7, 9).

There is nothing so precious, so priceless as a soul cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ!

Joyce Winters, The War Cry


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