Purity

1. the condition or quality of being pure; freedom from anything that debases, contaminates, pollutes, etc.: the purity of drinking water.

2. freedom from any admixture or modifying addition.

3. ceremonial or ritual cleanness.

4. freedom from guilt or evil; innocence.

5. physical chastity; virginity.

 

In the biblical story of Esther we find a beauty pageant is called to find a replacement for Queen Vashti as she had displeased King Xerxes.  The search was on for beautiful virgins throughout the Kingdom.  The virgins were to submit to various beauty treatments that would make them worthy of going before the King to be chosen as his queen.  Why virgins?  Their virginity ensured that they were pure. 

Our 3rd guidepost or “beauty treatment” is significant to our success.  Purity relates to being free from other influences as we pursue our highest and best in Christ.  “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and money (mammon)”.  This scripture, found in Matthew 6 is normally used in teaching about greed.   However, mammon is an ancient word that also means “that in which one trusts”.  Single or married, who do you put your trust in?  Is there anyone or anything that pollutes your purity when it comes to your relationship with The Lord?