“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
“just as He chose us to Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,” Ephesians 1:3-4
Do you ever just have those days when one small thing sets you off on to a path of discouragement?
Why do I…? Does anyone…? Should I even…? The thoughts take off.
And if we allow it, the enemy will eventually twist those thoughts until we question our calling.
Spouse, parent, employee, student, teacher, minister. Whatever it is that God has called us to do with excellence, “the wiles of the devil,” as Paul calls them, will work against us to make us think that it isn’t making a difference.
And eventually we’ll think it is because we are lousy at whatever it is we’re trying to do.
Today started out as one of those days.
Why do you teach? Why do you write? A handful of readers. A handful of attendees. You’re fooling yourself. Wah. Wah. Wah.
(And I thought pride was my problem.)
Then I thought of the passage on which I was about to write.
Wait a sec.
The Creator of the universe “chose [me] in Him before the foundation of the world, that [I] should be holy and without blame before Him in love.”
Okay, the “wah, wah” is starting to recede.
He did that because He wanted to set me aside as holy and without blame.
That word “holy” means “prepared for God with solemn rite. Pure. Clean.”
Like a virgin bride.
“That He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” (Eph. 5:27)
Now if I let it, this could get even more depressing because I am often less than holy and definitely not without blame.
the verse before that is the clincher.
Ephesians 5:25&26 tells us that “Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her, that he might wash and sanctify her.”
We don’t use words like “sanctify” outside of Bible studies much so let’s bring that to today’s terms. Jesus gave up His life for us to make us holy.
Not so much.
I am holy.
I am without blame.
When we skip down to Ephesians 1:7, we see “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
I’ve accepted His forgiveness. I’ve been given His grace.
He has called me holy and deemed me blameless.
The junk that causes discouragement may not disappear. Nothing changed for me today.
But my perspective changes when my focus changes.
- The God of everything loved me enough not to just see past my flaws but through His Son to declare me without them.
And now I can tell my husband that the burning smell coming from the kitchen is not my fault.
Blameless through Jesus.
Father, no matter how many times my thoughts spiral, continue to remind me how You think of me. Thank You so much that before You created anything – You loved me. And You wanted to make me holy. Thanks Lord, for not seeing me as a mess, but beautiful and without fault before You.