Are You Pure and Blameless?
By Pastor Lee Hemen
February 19, 2009
“…so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ…” (Philippians 1:10)
Why do you pray for others? Is it to help them through a tough situation? To help them find discernment? Do you pray so that they would come to know Christ as Savior and Lord? Perhaps you pray for them for the same reason Paul did, namely, that they would “be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ”?
Over the years, as a Pastor, I have been surprised at the fairly shallow reasoning folks use to excuse their sinful lives. Especially Christians. Now I know no one is perfect, including Christians – contrary to the faulty thinking of many – until they see Jesus face-to-face, but believers are to be striving to live “pure and blameless”’ lives until Jesus comes back or they are called home. In fact, this is one of the reasons so many in the world struggle with Christianity because they simply do not see Christians living this kind of lifestyle.
Certainly those in the world can have a convoluted view of what they perceive a believer to be like, but all in all we all know that those who claim Christ should be at least trying to live like Him, right? And this is where Paul’s prayer is so wonderfully simple. He did not pray for people’s big toes to get better, because he knew they would eventually. He prayed for the Christians and the churches he knew that they would “be able to discern what is best” as they lived for the Lord.
Today, dear child of the Lord, as you go to prayer for those around you, certainly pray for those who need emotional, spiritual, or physical healing, but remember to pray for those you know in the Lord who truly need to “be able to discern what is best” that they “may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.” They church today needs now more than ever to be spiritually revived. To understand its sin and in order to do that, it has to begin with the individual’s heart. Far too many Christians today are not “pure and blameless” and would rather make excuses for their ungodly behavior rather than confessing it and humble themselves before the Lord so they can truly “discern what is best.” If you are one of these, go to the Lord right now and confess your sin, ask for forgiveness, so that you can be “pure and blameless until the day of Christ.”
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