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‘A New Beginning’ (1 John 3) by @thelafamily #LAFruits Devotional

Reading: Psalm 116, 1 John 3

@thelafamily July 1


A New Beginning

And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” 1 John 3:3

Parents and those working with children will agree that one of the most important questions to ask a child is “Did you use soap?” Because those blessed hands love to explore and will have dug, scratched, picked and held every impure thing. And when you ask them to wash their hands, they will quickly rinse them under a tap and tell you “Yes, I did wash my hands properly.”

We too, can be like children, especially when we are told to purify ourselves. We believe that reading the word daily, attending church and serving is sufficient. Until we are asked directly, ‘Have you consecrated yourself?’ Are you doing your utmost to keep your relationship with God from being contaminated?

1 John 3 is an opportunity to self-reflect and we should feel motivated into action. The Old Testament consecration was a ritual bathing and the symbolic changing into new clothes (Joshua 3:5, 2 Sam 12:20). But like the child who believes washing his hands in water means they are clean, the consecration of old, is a well-intentioned gesture without purpose.

To have hope is a beautiful ideology for the world. But our hope differs, it is a statement of intent (1 John 3:3). Our hope is to be Christ-like. And our hope rests in our ability to trust God through whatever circumstance we experience to mould us into Him (1 John 3:2).

And the word of God is our cleansing agent that sustains our purity in this process of transformation.

LEARN and APPLY: In this new month we focus on consecration, especially reaping the fruits from this process. How true is our faith in God if we are not willing to separate ourselves for His sake?

Pray: LORD, I have hope that as I speak my intent today, to rid myself of every impurity, that You will make me more Christ-like. Amen