For a while now I have had this idea and motivation to be blameless in all aspects of my life, my marriage, work and relationship with others. The Bible tells us that Job was blameless and upright, or the King James version says perfect and upright. Yet, God allowed his circumstances to be turned horribly bad, he lost everything he had, his health turned for the worst and he lost his family. Yet he never lost his faith and confidence in God.
It’s so easy to focus on our circumstances when things go south instead of on the creator of our circumstances. I remember reading that Oswald Chambers says God designs our circumstances. For me when things go not so well, I tend to look at what I have done and the decisions I have made to see where I went wrong. I do believe we have choices to make and that we can make wrong choices which lead to consequences that aren’t pleasant. But we can also still make the right choice and God will put us through trials to test our faith. He does this to refine us and draw us nearer to Him. In these times we need to put our confidence in Him and not our own abilities or wisdom.
In reading Philippians 3 recently, Paul talked about having confidence in the flesh. He says that if anyone had reason to put confidence in the flesh, that he had more reasons. Essentially he says, he knew the law as much as any pharisee, he was a Hebrew of Hebrews, so much zeal that he was killing Christians and blameless when it came to being righteous through the law. But in retrospect, he considered it all rubbish and knowing these things a loss compared to knowing Jesus.
He ends these statements with, I believe, an incredible statement and prayer. He says “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”
I believe this prayer and statement will put us on the road to being blameless, that this desire to know Jesus will transform our lives in an incredible way and will please Him. This is no guarantee things will be easier in life, but being drawn nearer to God should outweigh the bad. In looking at it, it is a very simple statement. Knowing Jesus, what a simple desire to have, yet I believe the rewards are far beyond our thinking.
First, we have to have faith that Jesus is real and believe how good He is and what He was done for us. Then we can start the journey of knowing Him.
Hebrews 11:6 tells us “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Pleasing Him, having faith, and being obedient should be priority. We should have a desire to be able to one day stand before Him and hear “well done good and faithful servant.”
Paul also goes on the say in Philippians 3 that he can’t get right with God through the law, he can only get right with God by having faith in Jesus, having a righteousness based on faith. Jesus bridged that gap for us, Hid knew we couldn’t get right with Him through the law, so to make it right “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.
So I believe a big part of being blameless is having that unwavering faith in Jesus, changing our mindset and perspective of trying to be obedient with Him and walking with Him daily. Sometimes this includes the sharing of Jesus’s sufferings. But we should be able to find joy in knowing that through these sufferings we can be considered worthy to be called His child.