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Becoming Malleable – part one

I just read about one of the weirdest discoveries.  Apparently, scientists have discovered one of the most well preserved food items ever.  Butter.  Yup, 3,000 year-old butter, to be exact, found in Ireland within a churn (complete with a lid, so the article says.)  The scientists state that it is well preserved and they have intentions of “conserving both the container and the butter.”  Now, I only have two questions relating to the, “I Can’t Believe it IS butter.”  Is something really well preserved if it was once edible and now is not?  And is there gonna be a taste test?  I’m to understand that making butter in colonial times was quite a task.  Churning butter may be an Amish olympic sport.  You take fermented milk (which is the technical term for “beyond spoiled”, I guess) and add a little of this and that and VOILA! Parkay on a wooden stick. MMmmmm, tasty!

Recently, I have been meditating on Psalm 51.  More specifically verses 10-13, which read:

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
       and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

 11 Do not cast me from your presence
       or take your Holy Spirit from me.

 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
       and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
       and sinners will turn back to you. (NIV, 1984)

These four verses that have the potential to change our lives.  If we allow Him, God can take our spoiled, fermented lives and make us into something rich and pure.  A welcome addition to the dry crust of this life.  Today, I want to focus in on verse 10a “Create in me a pure heart, O God.”

Understanding purity in this world is not an easy task.  Its nearly impossible without full devotion to God.  What is purity, anyway?  Wikipedia describes it as, “the absence of impurity in a substance.”  Wow.  Brilliant.  We can all close our computers, now, eh?  Well, let’s take that profound and enlightening description to understand an example of elemental purity from the Bible.  If you look in Exodus 37, you’ll find God’s instructions to the Hebrew people about how to create the Ark of the Covenant (the housing place for God’s spirit.)  Over and over God gives the most important command when building it, only use pure gold or gold that is not mixed with any other metal or substance.  Only the finest.  Now, this dwelling place for God’s spirit was prior to Christ coming.  After Christ came, died, and ascended into heaven, what was the new dwelling place for God’s spirit?  The heart of the believer. 

It should be our hearts desire, as followers of Christ, to be purified.  Now, understand this, when a person comes to Christ, our sin, our “impurities,” are placed under the blood Christ atoned for.  We are made clean, but I would argue that we are not purified.  Purification is a lifetime process.  We live in a world where sin is manufactured, marketed, and packaged.  Our personal gratification is just waiting to be met and people are constantly thinking of ways to cater to our insufferable desires.  But, that craving is never quite satisfied.  It grows.  And when fed, the appetite becomes voracious, feeding on more and more.  It gets out of control and that which we once thought we’d never become, we suddenly see in our bathroom mirror. 

Thankfully, we have access something better than an old butter churn.  God. Our Creator.  Our Redeemer.  Our Purifier.  If we depend on Him and ask Him to purify us, He will.  A warning though, this process is not quick and easy, but a lifetime of shaping.  We may not understand our circumstances, even when we ask God to create in us a pure heart, perhaps even moreso.  But, we trust that He is able to take our imperfect lives and create something worthwhile. 

Next time, I will discuss how we allow impurities to taint our lives and how, with God’s help and blessing, we can remove them.


  1. August 31, 2009 at 8:14 pm

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    • Order in the Quart!
      August 31, 2009 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you for visiting my blog, unfortunately I don’t know Portuguese! May God bless you in your ministry for Christ!

  2. September 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Great points about being moldable and maleable…i think I will stick to Imperial margerine!

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