Those of us who teach and Pastor are responsible to lead those we are responsible for toward our God. We also need to be able to stand boldly before every living soul, every principality and testify: “I live daily under the gaze of a Holy God. I always walk as if His Holy eyes are on me.” And the people under us need to witnesses to your blameless life!”
Paul was able to testify, “You and God are witnesses of how pure, honest, and blameless we were in our dealings with you believers” (I Thessalonians 2:10).
In fact, the Message gives us an even better interpretation:
You remember us in those days, friends, working our fingers to the bone, up half the night, moonlighting so you wouldn’t have the burden of supporting us while we proclaimed God’s Message to you. You saw with your own eyes how discreet and courteous we were among you, with keen sensitivity to you as fellow believers. And God knows we weren’t freeloaders! You experienced it all firsthand. With each of you we were like a father with his child, holding your hand, whispering encouragement, showing you step-by-step how to live well before God, who called us into his own kingdom, into this delightful life (I Thessalonians 2:9-10)
What a testimony! Now personally, I think that is a pretty powerful statement to make — to call on God as a witness to your holiness! Yet, without flinching, Paul boasted to the believers in Thessalonica: “My co-workers and I lived blamelessly before you and before God. Our conduct was righteous and pure. God is witness to our holy behavior, and you also are witnesses. You saw that we walked holy and blameless before God and men!”
Paul wanted every believer to have the kind of power he had in moving people toward God. He prayed night and day that all of God’s children would be established holy and unblamable before God: “So that He will strengthen you to be holy. Then you will be blameless in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Yeshua comes with all God’s holy people” (I Thessalonians 3:13).
Hey Pastors, is that how you pray for the members of your church? Just wondering, but it sure is an excellent prayer we need to be praying.
Do you remember the rich young ruler who came to Jesus?
Then a man came to Yeshua and said, “Teacher, what good deed should I do to gain eternal life?”
Yeshua said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you want to enter into life, obey the commandments.”
“Which commandments?” the man asked.
Yeshua said, “Never murder. Never commit adultery. Never steal. Never give false testimony. Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
The young man replied, “I have obeyed all these commandments. What else do I need to do? (Matthew 19:16-20)
So he was saying that he had been good from his youth? Well, that won him the love and respect of Jesus! But there was still something missing, and that one thing makes all the difference! Without this same purpose operating in what we say and do, we can never be blameless before God and man. Paul stated it was, “That the name of our Lord Yeshua will be honored among you” (II Thessalonians 1:12).
Honoring the Lord is what motivated Paul to live a blameless life: He was jealous for the glory and name of Jesus! He knew we had to build on that foundation — because all human goodness is as filthy rags! What distinguishes the blameless walk is a consuming desire to honor the name of Jesus before all men.
This is how we are to build our lives. This is what we are to do to build a blameless life.