Verse 15a …so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”
Now that we have ironed out the command that we should not be complaining and arguing we need to remember why those should not be a part of our lives.
Blamelessness and purity aren’t virtues that are highly valued today. Even in some church circles there are those that look down on fellow believers that hold high the virtues of purity and living lives that aren’t spotted. We so enjoy the doctrine of grace that we miss that it isn’t a license for living as those in the world.
Non-Christians shouldn’t be expected to live lives that are reflective of Christ and His teachings but we should expect nothing less from those who claim to be Christ’s followers. Being holy is one way that we should stand out in the world. We should look different than those around us that don’t have anything to do with Christ and we shouldn’t be ashamed or afraid of looking strange to them.
Fear of man really is one of the greatest battles we have in the spiritual life. We don’t like feeling different than those around us and too often that has us trying to be like others instead of like Jesus. We all fear what others think of us at one point or another, it is what we do with that fear that shows the truth of our relationship with God.
Our living a life of purity can’t be about us, it has to be about Him. To live blameless lives just for the sake of being pure is nothing more than living like the Pharisees. They lived lives that matched the letter of the law so that they would be seen as righteous but we can’t work our way to righteousness. We are to be living holy lives out of our pure love for the Father. Remember that Jesus said that His people would do what pleases the Father. If we truly love God there is only one way that we will want to live, to please Him always.
Making It Personal
What portion of your life is most spotted? Are there areas where you live more in line with God’s law? What sins do you need to repent of today?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to live a spotless life? Why does Jesus want you to live that way? Is there some sin that you do that you need to stop doing because you love Jesus?
Father, thank You for calling us to be Your children. Give us the desire to live lives that reflect that relationship. Convict us of things that we think, say and do that mar our image and therefore Your name. In Jesus’ name, amen.