Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
Leadership: Purity
The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
James 3:17 (NKJV)
Beloved, now we are children of God... And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
1 John 3:2-3 (NKJV)*
Don't confuse purity with prudishness. One is about freedom and the other is about pride.

Because purity is 'freedom from extraneous matter,' while prudishness is 'excessively proper.'

What is extraneous matter?

Anything that pollutes our hearts, minds or bodies. Anything that distracts or separates us from God: like willful sin, deceit, selfishness, bad friendships, wrong directions... You name it.

The Apostle Paul sought purity: 'Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us' (Hebrews 12:1).

The Apostle John details the process of purity: 'But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin' (1 John 1:7).

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Remaining pure in an impure industry seems daunting, even dangerous. It's easy to remember the danger but forget the destination: the one that says 'Go into all the world' (Mark 16:15).

How better to go than through media? Because media specializes in go. Our Go-Get-Em God gave us a go-get-em commission in a time of instant messaging. He trusted John and Paul with leadership positions in His new church: to broadcast revelations of great significance.

Today, He's trusted you with leadership in His renewed church: to broadcast revelations of great significance.

'You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts' (2 Corinthians 3:2-3).

## Leadership Series: Purity (Part 15)

* 'Here is the most mystical teacher of the New Testament insisting on plain morality as vehemently as his friend James could have done. The combination is very remarkable. Like the eagle he rises, and like the eagle, with the impetus gained from his height, he drops right down on the earth beneath!'

'And that is not only a characteristic of St. John's teaching, but it is a characteristic of all the New Testament morality--its highest revelations are intensely practical. Its light is at once set to work, like the sunshine that comes ninety millions of miles in order to make the little daisies open their crimson-tipped petals; so the profoundest things that the Bible has to say are said to you and me, not that we may know only, but that knowing we may do, and do because we are' (McLaren's Expositions on 1 John 3:3).

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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