Benediction: Ephesians 3

by Maria Marballi

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!  Amen.”  Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV84)

The pursuit of purity is much like a tennis match between you and, essentially, everything else.  Lies and deceit are hurled at you from every angle: pornified images, aspirations of artificial beauty, and distorted depictions of what relationships look like, of what sex looks like.  And just like the most skilled of players, the world, expertly coached by the evil one, will aim stronger where it knows you are weaker.

In a heart where Christ does not reign, a person doesn’t stand a chance against the billboards, pop-ups, and HD screens, even with the best of intentions.  To “merely” lust with the eyes and gratify all sexual desire is commonplace, and guarding our hearts from such has been deemed unnecessary by almost every media outlet.

But those who know Christ know otherwise.  Those who know Christ know that purity is not an empty calling, nor is it an impossible one.  When we walk in communion and fellowship with Him, we aren’t really the ones fighting; He fights for us.  Our fight is simply to stay in that communion and fellowship with Him.

Imagine yourself walking in purity; imagine leading a holy life.  Picture what it would look like to have your heart and mind be cleansed and sanctified.  Now dwell on the benediction in Ephesians 3 once again.  He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, and many of us haven’t even asked yet.

 

Maria Marballi is a sophomore at The Ohio State University and is currently serving as a 2012 pureJUSTICE intern.

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