Because we have such a good spring, our water is very clean, but I still ran it through a coffee filter before putting it into our water pitchers. I was amazed by all the little floaties and grains of sand that the filter caught—things I hadn't noticed when I quickly glanced in the jug. I was very thankful for the filter and the good job it did.
The Holy Spirit acts like a filter in our lives. He strains out the floaties and grains of sand—the impurities, leaving us cleaner, more pure and more fit for service. But how many times do I resist the filtering process? It took a lot of extra time to filter enough water for our large family—there's nothing fast about a coffee filter in a wire mesh strainer! But the thought of drinking those floaties, and who know what else, is even more unpleasant.
In order to be as pure as possible for my Lord, I need to allow my life to be run through the filter, even though it takes time and isn't always pleasant or easy. Just like I don't want to serve a glass of water filled with floaties to anyone, I don't want to stand before my Lord with a life full of impurities.
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.