Blameless

Linda Massey Weddle | December 2, 2019

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Luke 1:5-7

In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.  

                                                                                                —Luke 1:5-7

 

Harry, a man in our church, loved his Savior. Of course, we don’t know everything about someone’s life from the outside, but from all indication Harry’s one desire was to love the Lord and encourage others in their own Christian journey. Every Sunday as he left church, Harry would tuck a piece of paper in my pastor-husband’s hand or pocket. The paper would say how thankful he was for the encouraging words, add a verse that came to mind during the message, or simply a word of praise to God.

Harry’s dedication didn’t stop there. If someone mentioned they were hurting, he would immediately stop and pray. Even though he was elderly and getting around was difficult, he worked with the men in his assisted living home and made weekly trips to the local rescue mission to serve the men in treatment. He could not drive but went out of his way to find someone to pick up the mission men for church. 

I imagine Harry being a contemporary Zechariah. Luke writes that Zechariah was blameless before God. Life wasn’t easy for him. He and his wife, Elizabeth, dearly desired children, but did not have any. Now they were elderly and too old to conceive. Yet, despite his disappointment, Luke indicates that Zechariah walked blamelessly.

Interestingly, blameless (without blemish) is often referred to as a characteristic of Christ. Peter writes: Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. (I Peter 1:19-20)

Then in Hebrews we read: How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify ourconscience from dead works to serve the living God.

Zechariah was not perfect. He was human just like the rest of us. But he desired to be blameless. His attitude and behavior reflected his love for God.

We, too, are called to be blameless. In Ephesians 1:4, Paul wrote: …even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.

This doesn’t happen naturally; we need to make an effort. We can study God’s Word—important. We can talk to God in prayer—that’s important. We can surround ourselves with the best preachers and teachers and listen to Christian radio all day long, but until we put our faith in God’s Word and depend on Him in our daily lives, God’s Word means nothing. Our reliance should be on God and what He tells us in His Word. When we are centered in Him, the result is walking blamelessly.

Let’s challenge each other to walk blamelessly, desiring to do what God wants us to do.

 

Questions for reflection and discussion: How do you think Zechariah and Elizabeth were able to keep walking blamelessly in spite of their disappointment in being childless? What steps do you need to take in your life to walk blamelessly no matter what the circumstances?

This week’s devotions were written by Linda Massey Weddle. Linda is the author of thirteen books, and numerous short stories and articles. For twenty-four years she worked at Awana as a writer. Linda has attended WBC for the past six years.

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