Do you believe God wants you to be holy and blameless? Is even the thought of that overwhelming scary?
When you think of a person who is or was holy, people like Joan of Arc, William Tyndale, Billy Graham or Mother Teresa immediately come to mind, great men and women of God who seemed to have lived out the calling of God on their lives.
This entire idea of being holy is one that no matter how hard we try we can’t live up to. I’ve known a few people in my sphere of influence that I deemed holy but they were not perfect. However, the definition of holy even uses the word perfect, along with goodness and righteousness and having a divine quality.
Those I felt were holy, then, really weren’t by Webster’s definition. But were they by the biblical definition? When I read Ephesians 1:4 in the Amplified Bible, I get a little concerned. It says that “we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him.”
It still sounds very undoable to me and it is unless I am in Christ, living and breathing with His Spirit guiding us each step of the way. Which brings up another question, how do you live in the Spirit? Is it some a one-time confession of faith that an individual forgets as soon as it’s made and continues to live however he or she want?
So many scriptures point out that the fact that living the Christian life is more than just saying a few words one time. “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25). “Those who are led by the Spirit are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14).
How about Colossians 1:22-23 that tells us Christ’s death has reconciled those who believe and we are presented “holy in his sight without blemish if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move for the hope of the gospel.” It’s that “if” statement that makes all the difference. The word “continue” indicates following Christ is more than a one-time event.
It seems pretty clear that there is a little more involved that just going through our everyday motions without a thought about God, His ways or His calling on our lives.
Romans 12:1 in The Message makes it pretty clear. “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.”
God has something for each of us to do every day. The only way we know what He desires of us is to ask every day. Read the instruction book every day. Be open to opportunities to live out your calling every day.
It is overwhelmingly scary to think about standing before God on Judgment Day and giving account for what we’ve done with the gifts, money and time H has given us. At times it has given me great distress to think about what I have and haven’t done and the times I have and haven’t followed Him completely.
Back to the original question, are you holy and blameless? Am I holy and blameless?
The answer is one I’m learning more about each day even though I’ve been a Christian for over 52 years. It has to do with submitting every day to God, listening to His voice, doing the things He has for us to do and knowing we can’t go a minute without Him.
Holy and blameless people are not those who are overwhelmingly scared of God, they are those who are overwhelmingly desperate for Him each and every day of their lives.
So, I ask again, are you holy and blameless?