Pursuing God by Pursuing Purity!

Opening Prayer: 

Dear Lord, let us consider the life mission of Sampson and how he was dedicated to you. May we also seek to make our life’s mission about the serving of our Heavenly Father’s kingdom. In you we live and move and have our being. Make us more into your image…in the likeness of love and holiness.

 

Read: Judges 13:7, NIV

“But he said to me, ‘You will become pregnant and have a son. Now then, drink no wine or other fermented drink and do not eat anything unclean, because the boy will be a Nazirite of God from the womb until the day of his death.’”

 

Reflect: 

A Nazirite or Nazarite, refers to one who voluntarily took a vow described in Numbers 6:1–21. "Nazarite" comes from the Hebrew word “nazir” meaning "consecrated" or "separated". This vow required the man or woman to: Abstain from wine, wine vinegar, grapes, raisins, intoxicating liquors, vinegar distilled from such substances, and eating or drinking any substance that contains any trace of grapes. There were other acts of consecration, including refraining from cutting one’s hair and allowing it to grow long. In addition to the story today of Sampson, other noteworthy Nazarite’s in the Bible were Samuel and John the Baptist. We read about John the Baptist’s vow from Luke 1:15 (NIV) "For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother's womb.”

God wants us, as believers, to be ‘set apart’ and ‘pure and consecrated’ for him! So many times in today’s Christianity, we like to tell the Lord that it’s okay to indulge in certain pleasures so that we can “reach the lost better.” We tend to bring God down to our level so that we can relate better, but really, we want to avoid conviction for things that are amiss in our own lives. Romans 12:1 (NIV) says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” To offer our bodies and our lives as living sacrifices to God, we need to pursue a life of holiness.

When you want to impress someone with an amazing gift, you put your very best efforts into finding and preparing that gift. You focus on the one receiving the gift…shouldn’t we be the same way with our heavenly Father, focusing on Him, who gave us the greatest gift of all, eternal life?

 

Apply: 

How can your life be more “consecrated” or “set apart” for God?” Consider taking a spiritual inventory and evaluate where you are. You don’t have to abstain from cutting your hair, but perhaps fermented drink ‘is’ an issue for you? You don’t have to wear goatskins and eat locusts, but maybe more of your time and attention can be on your creator…your Savior, who gave his very life to set you apart for eternity! Meditate or memorize Colossians 3:16 (NIV), which says, “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”  

 

Closing Prayer: 

Oh Lord, see me and all my faults and allow your cleansing blood to sweep over me and renew me afresh. Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, oh Lord, my Rock and my redeemer.

Terry Schneider