Just started reading Soul Detox by one one my favorite pastors, Craig Groeschel. Before you read any of his words-Introduction or otherwise- you read this quote:
GOD DOESN’T SEEK FOR GOLDEN VESSELS, AND DOES NOT ASK FOR SILVER ONES, BUT HE MUST HAVE CLEAN ONES. D.L. Moody
That stopped me dead in my tracks. Having been raised in a home where my father smoked (mostly outside the house), I was unaware of the lingering smoke smell that I carried with me. When my late father-in-law smoked cigars, we knew the first thing we would need to do when we came home was empty ALL the clothes out of the suitcase-worn or unworn- for them to be thrown into the washer because of the lingering smell on the clothes. I now find myself allergic to smoke of any kind, so I have to avoid it if at all possible.
But have someone come around me who either smokes; lives in a home where there is someone who smokes; or works around it, and I can smell it on their clothes, or in their hair, or as they simply walk by.
Please understand: that is not a criticism of someone who smokes. I know many fine people who do. What I do feel though is that many have no clue about the smell that lingers on them because of their exposure to it. Maybe I am more sensitive to it since I don’t. It bothers me to even be around a campfire and not be able to take a shower immediately afterwards.
One of the basic teachings of the Bible is the holiness of God. Holy=pure. Holy=set apart. That, and more, describe God. The trouble comes when we are told, “Be holy for I am holy.” Holy=pure. Holy=set apart. Yikes!! I, of course, could never attain the purity and separateness of God. But…..
THAT… IS… WHERE… D.L. MOODY’S… QUOTE… COMES… IN.
God simply wants a clean vessel. One holy for Him. One set apart for His use. “Lay aside every weight, and the sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus…” Heb.12:1-2a.
How important is holiness to you? How would you define it if asked to do so? What are your thoughts on Moody’s quote?