James 1:27 KJV
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
To keep ourselves unspotted from the world.
The dirtying effects of this present evil world are pernicious indeed. As the ancient Jew would wash his feet whenever he came inside a house because the dirt roads would naturally soil them, so exposure to the elements of worldliness naturally stain our souls. Conformity to the world happens without any attempt on our part. Truly we must make an effort to avoid it. God's word tells us
- We may be transformed by the renewing our minds and
- We may be cleansed by the confession of our sins
Remaining unspotted is full time work.
But I look for that day when Christ Himself will finish the work of transformation in us and we will be presented before the Lord without spot or wrinkle or any such thing.