“For he chose us in him
before the creation of the world
to be holy and blameless in his sight.”
“He chose us… to be holy and blameless.” Holy starts by meaning different – and blameless without blemish or fault. God is different to us. A church is different to other buildings. The Sabbath is different to other days. We are called to be different to the others – the non-believers – around us. If the world is in darkness our difference is that we are the light. The contrast should be clear and without doubt, wherever we are and whatever we are doing.
Having become united with Christ God sees us as different, as Christ is different. As we respond to His great love and our great salvation that should surely become reflected in our lives and living. We live to a different standard because we know we are different people.
We now belong to Christ and to His body the Church. We have a place, position, purpose and potential that is meant for us and we have been gifted and empowered accordingly. Our holiness comes not just from our efforts to avoid sin but more from the quality of our relationship with Him and our co-operation in His purpose for us.
And when we fall or fail, or danger and disaster threaten, we have someone to Whom we can turn.
Seek to walk with God – not the other way round
Lord God I am yours. Please help me to trust You and allow You to live in and through me. Amen.