Our calling as Christians is to be separated—made holy—to proclaim the good news of redemption in Christ, not just to learn human goodness and a moral life, which are the effect, not cause, of redemption
I thought about being set aside for the proclamation of the gospel. I think of the analogy of an earthen vessel. Is it being used for noble purposes? Is it holding dung or is it holding fine wine? It’s the same vessel with all its blemishes and it might even leak, but what is it used for?
The same goes for a field. It can be choked with weeds—the wild kind or the smoked kind—or the field can be cultivated for beautiful flowers, a fruitful orchard, or a bountiful wheat field. It’s the same field with the same soil receiving the same water and sunshine, but what does it grow?
People often confuse holiness with purity. Purity is the result of holiness but one does not need to wait for purity to be holy. I can be set aside for God’s purpose now while being purified. God purifies anyone who listens to and obeys him. One does not need to be pure to obey God and be set aside for his purpose, although obedience will result in purity. Purity is the result, not the requirement, of obedience or holiness in being set aside for God’s purpose.
This is important because many Christians feel they need to “clean up their act” before they can do God’s work or to proclaim their love for Christ to others. This is one of the biggest misconceptions that has disabled Christians. None of us are sinless in daily living. We all learn obedience over time as we are transformed by Christ’s Spirit a day at a time for the rest of our lives. We don’t need to wait for purity before we share the good news of God’s redemption in Christ.
Be holy and start sharing the gospel—now.