Broken, But Being Transformed
"To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.” Titus 1:15
We’ve all heard people say that “everyone is good at heart” or “even the most evil hearted person can change.” But the real question isn’t about God’s ability to transform lives. That is an immutable truth.
The question is —are those who live in darkness willing to be saved, and have their lives transformed? The same may be asked of all who claim Jesus Christ as their Lord. As believers we should all be counted among those who are pure, having been freely justified by faith in Jesus Christ and having our hearts transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit shedding abroad in our hearts the love of God.
The pure are distinguished from the defiled by the nature of their thoughts and their deeds. The pure doesn’t think evil first or ever, but the defiled are defiled in all their ways. Because they are defiled they assume that all people are as defiled as they.
“Everybody does it” is commonly heard in defense of the baser pursuits of the wicked. While the pure in heart are genuinely shocked and appalled at the news of the depravity of evil men’s hearts, it is also irrational and inexplicable to them. They struggle to understand how anyone could justify their evil deeds, their lies, deceptions, fraud, manipulations and total disregard for the truth even in the face of all the evidence to confirm it.
That Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, that He died and shed His sinless blood to redeem us all to God our Father and Creator of all things, is the TRUTH now and will be forever. Still there are those who deny Him. They even deny the very existence of God. Strutting about in their arrogance and pride, they are cynical, negative, critical of all that is Godly, and all that is good. Their life perspective is based on the lies that they have embraced in rejecting the truth of God. Their minds and consciences are seared over with wickedness. Some are so defiled that they can no longer hear the call of God’s Spirit to bring them to repentance and the acknowledging of the truth.
These are the wicked ones to whom all things are wicked. To them nothing is pure, nothing is holy and nothing is sacred.
By contrast those of us who earnestly seek the pleasure of God, to do His will to love our neighbors and our enemies, to do good to those who hate us, to bless those who curse us and to pray for those who spitefully use us, we are the pure unto whom all things are pure.
Our purity doesn’t mean we are perfect and never sin or fall short of the glory of God. No. Our humanity is the same as with all men, but by the Spirit of God we are being transformed in order to rise above it and to live in the world to spread the aroma of Christ, and dispel the stench of death and hell that reigns in the hearts of the ungodly and unbelieving.
No, all are not good at heart. Some are pure and some are defiled. For those of us born again of the Spirit of God, it is our work of ministry to share the grace, mercy and love of God with all, not join in and reinforce the chorus of those who are perishing in their sinful ways, but, to sing the song of God’s love and light that all can hear it and by the grace of God some will believe.
Therefore, do not fret yourself because of evildoers in the world, nor be discouraged when the voices of the wicked sound stridently louder than the voices of the children of light. God is in control of the world He created and He alone will have the final Word of its destiny.
In Jesus Christ our Lord we have life now and life more abundantly now and forever.
“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.” Psalm 37:1-6
Therefore, let us not be weary in well doing, because in due season we will reap a harvest of blessing.
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:9-10