Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:8)
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; (Philippians 2:15)
The Ability of Impeccability>
The word impeccable according to Webster’s Dictionary means “Without defect or error; faultless; flawless.” In these passages and throughout the Bible the word impeccable can also be translated blameless. Impeccable is a word that one would use when looking at a very high quality diamond. So does this mean that a person has to be perfect? Well, yes and no. Our goal should always be to strive for perfection. We should always be trying to do the best that we can do in the power of the Lord, and always be working toward a sinless life. However, Romans 3:23 tells us that all of us have sinned, and none of us will ever be able to accomplish that goal until we reach Heaven. So what does being impeccable mean to us? To sum it up into one saying it simply means to live in such a way that you would feel comfortable running for President.
The Reason for Impeccability
Often we want to compartmentalize God. We want to stick Him in a little corner of our lives and pull Him out whenever we need Him. But God is not a genie in a bottle awaiting our every wish. He has rules and standards we follow if we are to be greatly used by Him. In I Timothy 3, we read that one of the qualifications of a bishop (the Bible name for a pastor) is to be blameless. Well, as far as I am concerned, there are few people God uses more than pastors, and one of their qualifications is to be blameless. So why is being blameless so important? We find the answer in the passage from Philippians. Paul tells us that our reason for being blameless in this “crooked and perverse nation” is that we shine as lights among them. Matthew 5:14 says that we are the light of thew world. One of our main responsibilities as Christians is to be a mirror. We are to reflect the light of Jesus to this world that is stumbling in the darkness of sin. When we sin, we begin to cover that mirror with our own dirtiness and filth. As that mirror becomes dirtier and dirtier, less and less of the light of Christ can shine through. The less light that shines through, the fewer people will be drawn to the saving light of Christ. This does not mean that we must be completely sinless – even a diamond that appears to be perfect has some faults – but we must strive to be sinless. We should also keep short accounts with God. Come to God often to confess your sins and ask His forgiveness. It is impossible never to get dirt on your mirror, but the more often you clean it the more effective you will be at leading others to Christ, and the more God will use you.
- Can you honestly say that your life is impeccable – that you strive to be sinless?
- How clean is your mirror? Do you keep short accounts with God, or do you let the dirt pile up before you clean it off?
- Ask God today to help you to live a blameless life.
- Keep short accounts with God. The cleaner you are the more He will use you.