Holy and Blameless
I understand that, at times, I sound a little harsh when I preach or write; it's not done to take a dig at anyone personally. Yet, I care more about your eternity than I do about your opinion of me. Through prayer, and meditation on the Bible, God has been laying it thick on my heart that part of my role as a preacher is to call God's people to a life that is Holy and blameless before Him. What does that mean, exactly?
Does this mean we don't sin, or we're disqualified from Him if we do? No. It doesn't mean we stop sinning; it means we do our best to stop sinning, to live a life pleasing to Him. Does this mean we're completely blameless before God? Yes, and at the same time no. We're blameless before God because we have an advocate in Christ Jesus who sits at the Father's right hand, advocating for us day and night, but we still have a responsibility that, when we DO sin, whether deliberate or not, we confess our sins. We do this, not as a work to gain favor, but as an act of repentance toward a savior we all desperately need so long as we wear these fleshly bodies. So what does it mean, if I can't stop sinning and I need to confess my sins and need for a savior daily? A Life Holy and blameless is one that is seeking to please God in every part of it. We are not called to be believers on Sunday Morning or Wednesday evening only, but in every part of our lives. If we go to school, we will seek to live a life pleasing to Him, in spite of what the rest of the school is doing. If we work, we will work for the Lord. In our homes, whether single, as spouses, parents or children, we will do everything for God's glory. We can know God through His word. We can know what pleases Christ through His word. If we follow His word, and seek to please Him in all we do, we can live a life that is Holy and blameless before Him, because Christ has put His name on our lips and confesses us before the Father day and Night. Ephesians 1:3-14 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.