Grace For The Journey
If God posted an ad on one of those career builder/jobs.com web sites, do you know what it would look like? Do you know the kind of person He would be looking for to do the job He has for them to do? Well, God has already posted His want ad, long before these sites became popular, and He posted it in His Scriptures . . . In 2 Chronicles 16:9 God tells us,
“The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him.”
In God’s want ad, we see that He identifies only one qualification for employment in His work: “a heart that is perfect (blameless; complete).” In the Old Testament, the concept of complete or blamelessness brought with it two different but not dissimilar ideas:
First – Sacrificial animals without defect: “If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer a male without blemish.” (Leviticus 3:1) Only unblemished animals were worthy of being sacrificed to the Lord.
Second – Blameless people who seek to do what pleases God and cannot be accused of wrongdoing: “He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart.” (Psalm 15:2)
In the New Testament, the concept of blamelessness is rooted in the character of Christ and His followers:
1st – In Hebrews 7:26, the Bible speaks of Jesus Christ Himself possessing this quality: “It was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.” (Hebrews 7:26)
2nd – In Ephesians 1:4, the Bible states that this was a quality of the disciples of Christ: “Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him.” (Ephesians 1:4)
Those who are disciples of Christ are blameless in the sight of God because they are clothed in Christ’s righteousness. The blamelessness of Christ has been imputed to all who have trusted in His atoning work on their behalf. Christian, when God looks at you He sees Jesus, so He sees perfection and completeness! Yet in everyday experience, disciples of Christ do everything imperfectly, and we still do many things that are blameworthy. So while we are already blameless in the sight of God because of what Jesus has done on our behalf, we are being made blameless through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. And, of course, that transformation will not be completed until we pass into glory.
So for the purposes of God’s Word for us today . . .
- A blameless heart is a heart that is surrendered and sold out for God.
- It is a heart that beats for the things that God’s heart beats for and is broken by the things that break God’s heart.
Notice what God’s “cosmic classified” does not identify as qualifications for employment in His work in this world:
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”