“Remove the impurities from silver, and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith.” (Proverbs 25:4)
This verse is incredible. It accurately depicts why we want to stop sinning and why sin is bad. It also shows who we really are: valuable, useful, and beautiful silver.
When we are made holy by receiving the sacrifice of Jesus, we’re no longer sinners. We’re no longer known for what we’ve mostly done all our lives—sin. We’re just like a baker who decides to retire and become a writer. Sure he may bake every now and then, but it isn’t his identity anymore. He’s now a writer, known for writing.
Same goes with us. We’re saints now, and longer slaves to sin.
We’re the silver.
But here’s why sin is so bad in the first place:
It prevents us from doing what God wants, and deep down what we want and were made to do. If we’re silver, we’re made to be crafted by the silversmith and formed into tools that further the kingdom.
Sin is impurity in the silver, and it prevents us from living our lives like they’re meant to be lived.
So how do we get rid of the impurities?
The silver has to go through the flames and melt the impurities away!
And what are the flames? What is this fire that melts us into who we really are?
The fire is God, for he is a devouring fire. (Hebrews 12:29)
It’s so good! The only way we can remove our impurities is to be consumed and devoured by the love of God. Yes, he disciplines those he loves, and yeah, it might not always feel the greatest, but it’s completely worth it. Because then, God’s also the silversmith, and he’ll lead us into what he wants us to do, and we’ll finally be ready to move boldly in his name, fully equipped and ready to love others with no strings attached.
Bye bye impurities.