Day 362: Holy and Blameless (December 28)

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. Ephesians 1:3-4

We have received every spiritual blessing in Christ.  That thought alone should make you stand up and shout “Hallelujah!”  But let’s continue, we were chosen before the world was created.  Not only were we chosen, but we were chosen to be holy and blameless in His sight.  These are things to wonderful for me to understand.

Isn’t it fantastic?!

We were chosen to be holy and blameless, but far too often we walk around feeling defeated and as if we could never measure up. Why is that?  Why is it that, in general, the church universal has only felt it was “holy” when pointing out the sins of those around them, or being a sort of police for the Holy Spirit?

This was not to be so.

We are to be filled with the Holy Spirit and pray in the Spirit, without ceasing.  We were meant to walk in unity, not division.  We are the ones who were to demonstrate to the world what unity looks like.

Why should we be surprised that our own government and country is so divided, when the American church is so set upon division?

These may seem like harsh words, but isn’t it time to face up to it?

We are supposed to be representatives of Christ.  How can we be representing Him when we are busy fighting with and judging each other?

I don’t understand it at all.

This devotional is a call.  A call to unity in the body of Christ.  A call to begin walking as if we realize we are holy and blameless in His sight.  A call to walk under one head, even Christ……..

And He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment- to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.  Ephesians 1:9-10

To prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  Ephesians 4:12-13

I consider them to be rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ- the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.  Philippians 3:8b-9