Romans 8:28, 29 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”
God wants you to be like Christ. Throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry he taught scores of lessons from loving God with all your heart to caring for the poor. The Bible gives several examples on how to live your life in a manner that pleases God.
A silver smith was once asked, “How do you know when silver is pure?” The answer was to heat the silver and stir it until you can see your reflection in the liquid. God wants to use every possible means to help you rid the impurities in your life. When you strive to cleanse yourself of sin your reflection looks more like Christ. This is your ongoing challenge.
I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
If there are things in your life that causes you to stumble, hand them over to God. Ask God for forgiveness and then leave those hindrances behind you.
In the book of Jeremiah, the story of the potter gives a great picture of God at work in your life. The potter began to mold the clay when he noticed there was something wrong. His hands felt an impediment that was keeping him from shaping the material into exactly what he wanted to make. He did not throw the clay away - he just started working it anew. God knows you have faults and blemishes, yet He does not cast you aside. Instead He will start over with you, whenever you are ready. He is patient and not in a hurry.
Lamentations 3:22,23 “Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning.”
Q4U: God is calling. Do you have impurities you need to get rid of?