"..that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.."
- Ephesians 1:4
Olympic athletes are under tremendous pressure. The foremost concern in the mind of any athletic Olympic competitor, are the marks and scores they're going to receive from their critical and all-seeing judges.
When a professional athlete is about to perform, though it may be in front of 10,000 spectators, there is really only a handful of people they are focused on. Many spectators love them, some boo them, and others ignore them, but by far, the judges themselves are the most important people in the minds of the athletes.
When the event is all over, and their performance finished, the only thing that truly matters is the score given by the judges. The opinion of the judge is truly the all important factor!
This is exactly how Christians should be thinking, according to the Scriptures. You see, a Christian also has to make a choice between what voices he or she will listen to in this life. Will they choose to listen to the voice of society, the voice of culture, the voice of the enemy, or the voice of self?
In reality however, the only voice that matters is the voice of the Judge, God Himself. And what does the Divine Judge say about you, if you're in Christ? He says very clearly that, in Jesus, your absolutely holy, blameless, and perfect in His sight!
This is exactly what Paul the Apostle declared in Ephesians 1:4, when he stated:"..that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.."
The New testament makes it absolutely clear that when a person places their trust in Jesus Christ for salvation, they are absolutely washed clean of their sins, and stand before the Lord with the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ.
Though many times we don't feel this is true, or don't even believe this is true, the Bible clearly and unashamedly declares that it is true! The person forgiven by Jesus Christ has a cleansing that is absolute, a righteousness that is perfect, and a standing with God that is stable and unchanging! (Read Romans 8:1)
Even in the Old Testament we see that this is true in the book of Isaiah 1:18, when the Lord stated:"Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool."
Even David in Psalm 103:12 spoke about the absolute and complete separation from sin that is created in a person's life thru Christ's forgiveness:"As far as the east is from the west, [So] far has He removed our transgressions from us."
Even in the last book of the bible, Revelation, we see this pictured for us. John sees the saints worshipping around the throne, clothed in perfectly clean white robes of righteousness. In Revelation 3:4,5 Jesus Himself promised us this:"..and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life.."
The meaning of the white robes is clearly defined in Revelation 19:8 where we read:
"..the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints."
It is no wonder why Paul in Ephesians 1:4 says that we, the saints, are "holy" and without blame. This word for "holy" is the ancient Greek word "hagios" meaning to be separate from, to be different, to be clean and pure. It's because of the forgiveness a person has in Christ that they are literally holy and set apart from their sins past, present, and even future, thru the perfect forgiveness and righteousness of Jesus that has freely given them by His grace! (Read Ephesians 2:8,9)
So the real question is this: Who are you listening to? Are you listening to the crowd? Or to the voices of self? Or are you choosing rather to listen to the voice of the Judge of the universe? Do you pay greater attention to what the LORD says about you, or what others say about you?
Today, take time to remind yourself who you are in Christ: an absolutely forgiven, cleansed, and holy believer! Remind yourself of the identity you have in Jesus.
Make sure you focus today on the voice of the Eternal Judge... and believe what He says about you!