Our daughter loves music. Her nap and bed time choice is "Courageous" by Casting Crowns over and over... and over... and over. During the day, if we put a song on YouTube, she will replay it and replay it as often as we can stand it. And then play it again. Recently, the song that she is attached to is "Diamonds" by Hawk Nelson.
God is refining us in order to be able to use us for His purpose. Diamonds are used for different purposes. Jewelry, grinding, cutting, drilling, and polishing to name a few. In order to be used for whatever purpose, further cutting is required to bring out brightness, to reveal a sharper edge or in creating small enough pieces to embed in a grinding wheel. The purer the diamond is to begin with, the more options there are for the outcome. You aren't going to buy a diamond with a pebble embedded in the middle. You aren't going to use a diamond tipped drill that also has graphite in it to try and cut anything.
Living a life of purity will lead to trials, pressure and heat. It requires it actually. As you are being refined, your purpose will become more and more clear. You will start to see what God has planned for you and how you can best live for Him. Letting go of the things that are not of God allows you to see clearly His work and not be distracted by our own stuff.
let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
Hebrews 12:1b ESV
If we focus on the trials, we will stay stuck where we are and not move forward. But if we look forward to what we are being refined for, then we will be expectant, we will be excited to see the result, we will push forward trusting in the Worker's hands. "Oh it's not what I hoped for; It's something much better."
We use this as motivation to not only teach purity but to live it out in our personal life. We recently had one father comment during a parent meeting that we ran a very filtered home. With things like Covenant Eyes, Clear Play and researching PluggedIn online before watching movies, he is right. We want to make sure we control what we allow in. (His point in his comment was about what to do with our kids in the world with all of that filtering at home. We will be posting about that in the future. It is a very important point.) The more pure that we live the more resistance we find in areas of our lives. But we know that there is something bigger than we can even imagine just around the corner. "Oh it's not what I hoped for; It's something much better."
Our goals are big. We want to eliminate teen pregnancy. We want to end the transmission of STD's among teens. We want to eliminate depression that results from sexual activity in teens. And if we have to go through some refining so God can bring about something bigger... Then let it be so!
Oh the joy of the lord
It will be my strength
When the pressure is on
He's making diamonds
- Hawk Nelson, "Diamonds"
Rob and Jenna Crenshaw are founders of Crossroads Club