Being Blameless

Acts 25:7 “And when he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood round about, and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove.”

Picture yourself in court.  You have been accused of so many different offenses but nobody could prove you done anything wrong.  That is called being blameless.  We are called as Christians to be blameless.  We called to have such a testimony among the community that even our enemies have problems finding a complaint about us.  Go back to that courtroom experience.  Start thinking about people that you hope would not get called into question.  Can you think of anyone that you would hope they don’t ask any questions regarding you?  Our testimony plays a vital part in the Gospel.  We need to be more than just a group of people that say we are Christian.  We must be a people that demonstrate the Biblical principles we learn through God’s Word.  We must be blameless!  Even before our greatest of enemies.  Here are some key principles that will help you become blameless:

  • Be a Peacemaker:  According to Matthew 5:9 they are the ones that God calls His children.
  • Be Holy:  The greatest key to being blameless is to separate yourself unto the Lord.  To live for the Lord and also live like the Lord.
  • Pursue Perfection:  We need to realize that God told us to “go and sin no more”. If was not possible then God would have never said it.  While perfection is something we will never be while dealing with this flesh it is definitely something we can pursue with all our heart.  One of my favorite quotes is by Vince Lombardi “In the pursuit of perfection you will achieve excellence.”
  • Avoid Mistakes:  Mistakes are inevitable; but we need to work hard at avoiding making too many mistakes.  Too many mistakes will cause people to lose confidence in our ability to lead.  When you make a mistake it is vital that we confess it, correct it, and not do it again.

Today’s Challenge:  Assess your acquaintances.  Is there anyone in your life that you would ever hope would not testify about your life?  If the answer is yes, then change your actions and attitude and start a life being blameless.

Using Your God Given Platform

Acts 24:10 “Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself:”

God has a sovereign plan for our lives.  He is constantly at work.  Reading around this passage we would learn that Paul was placed in prison for preaching the Gospel.  Paul had to plead his case before large crowds, high standing legal officials, and some of the most important people within the city.  Paul’s attitude toward the plan of God in His life was able to be used greatly in the spreading of the Gospel.  It would be a good idea that we observe some principles that will help us spread the Gospel.

  • Paul’s Perspective:   Most people would have never appreciated God placing them in prison.  Paul did not observe this as an obstacle but an opportunity.  We would do the Lord a great service if we would stop complaining about where He as placed us and start utilizing the plan of God for the Gospel.
  • Paul’s Platform:  Paul realized that God was using a prison experience as a tremendous platform to preach the Gospel.  Paul realized that God was giving him a platform that could reach more people with Gospel.  It is so important that we utilize our God given platform regardless of how popular they may be.
  • Paul’s Passion:  He was so passionate about the Lord and his salvation that He was full of cheer.  He was glad he was in this position.  He was glad to be in prison.  He was glad to have that platform.  He was glad because it allowed him an opportunity to tell his story.

Today’s Challenge:  Don’t complain about the plan of God.  Start utilizing the platform God give you for the sake of the Gospel.