Philippians 2: 14-16, “Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night so I’ll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns. You’ll be living proof that I didn’t go to all this work for nothing.”
Like the tall, bell-shaped lilies that grow in the valley, we are purposefully placed in the murkiest and darkest environments to survive and thrive.
The lily of the valley though it grows in mud and murky places is white; the dirt and slime do not affect its coloring or growth; so too, we should live blameless, pure and spotless lives, untarnished by the slime, rubbish and mar of the valley in which we grow.
The great heroes of the bible and great morally strong men of our times lived purely….in their daily lives. They were not hermits. They were real people with real wives, worries and wants…STILL they remained pure in all their circles.
So how can we remain spotless like the lily; blameless like Daniel amidst calculated influences….and faultless like Enoch in a time of moral degradation?
We must first accept that our sufficiency is in Christ, not self.
When let go of our deep trust in our own moral power, and our frenzied attempts at perfection, we will begin to fully accept divine grace that will give us the courage to daily practice the principles of God in our lives. “Let us realize the weakness of humanity and see where man fails in his self-sufficiency. We shall then be filled with a desire to be just what God desires us to be – pure, noble, sanctified.” EGW, Letter 169, 1903.
After we have accepted the weakness of our humanity, we must make a decision not to be corrupted by the influences that surround us.
Just as Daniel purposed in his heart not to defile his body with the King’s meat, we too must first make a decision not to allow negative influences to taint our lives….our deep belief in that decision will bring actions into manifestation.
Then we must daily interact with God to receive wisdom to understand what it means to be like Him.
When we pour out the contents of our hearts to God daily and accept His Holy Spirit by faith, He will fill us with the tools that are necessary for us to be blameless, faultless, and pure to our partners, coworkers, friends, and strangers. Ellen G. White in Steps to Christ, pp. 98: 3-99 says, “Pray in your closet; and as you go about your daily labor, let your heart be often uplifted to God. It was thus that Enoch walked with God. These silent prayers rise like precious incense before the throne of grace. Satan cannot overcome him whose heart is thus stayed upon God.”
God is speaking to our different worlds through the growth of lilies —- he is gently saying, “You can live pure lives in a world that is polluted with sin…you just need to walk in harmony with Me.”
(c) 2014,Dentrecia Blanchette