Devotions By Jan

Mashed Potatoes

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mashedpsScripture for Today:  I John 3:2-3  “Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed.  We know that whenever it is revealed, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.  And everyone who has this hope focused on Him purifies himself, just as Jesus is pure.”

I can not look at mashed potatoes without thinking about purity!  It is because of a story I heard when I first arrived in France.  There was an American preaching to a church.  He was new at speaking French and said something that made everyone laugh aloud.  He said that the church needed to be more concerned with purée!  He meant to say the word for “purity” (pureté) but instead said the word for mashed potatoes!  Ever since, I have connected the two.  And for those who might be wondering, no, it was not my husband!

Our verse for today tells us how as believers we can keep ourselves pure.  First, we are declared righteous by placing our faith in Christ and His righteousness.  But as we follow Him, we can keep ourselves pure by continuing to fix our hope on Him.  He is working in us to make us like Him.  It is a process that lasts a lifetime.  But one day, that process will be complete.

My hope being focused on Him is what motivates purity.  Having that eternal perspective changes how I live and think and choose.  To be pure like Jesus is a very lofty goal.  But what is different about striving towards this goal is that the outcome is assured!  Knowing that keeps me from being discouraged.

Yes, Lord.  Help me keep focused on You and pure like You, for Your name’s sake.


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