THE SERVANT GENERAL
TO BE HOLY
Today’s reading: Ephesians 1:3-12
Paul speaks a powerful truth in today’s reading. He
says that God “chose us in him, before the foundation
of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him.”
(Eph 1:4). We are a very special people. Our destiny is to
truly live out what God has created us to be. We are created
in the image and likeness of God. God is holy. We too are
called to holiness. To be holy is to be without blemish, that
is, to live pure.
So many people today are living beneath their dignity as children
of God. Their image has been darkened and their souls blemished
by sin. They have no clue as to their destiny in Christ. They
are running around in the circles of their secular lives,
rather than going on the straight path of salvation and to
How do we go on the path of living pure?
First, we need to repent of sin in our lives, and decide to
turn away from a life of sin, to a life of virtue. This in
itself is difficult, as we face the temptations of the world,
the weakness of our flesh, and the attacks of the evil one.
But what we cannot accomplish for ourselves, God had won for
us through Jesus. “In him we have redemption by his
blood, the forgiveness of transgressions” (Eph 1:7a).
This is the good news of salvation in Jesus. We just need
to accept what he has done for us, and accept him as our Savior
Second, we need to know that having been saved by Jesus, we
have also been reconciled to the Father. We are restored in
our relationship as His children. God “destined us for
adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the
favor of his will” (Eph 1:5). If we are children of
God, if we are part of the family of God, if we are on our
way to our eternal home in heaven, then we need to reflect
that in our lives. We make ourselves fit and worthy to be
such. We put on the garment of righteousness. We live pure.
In this regard, we need to know that again on our own we would
not succeed, but now we can act confidently “in accord
with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us.”
(Eph 1:7b-8a). God has lavished his grace upon us! God provides
what we need in order to live pure.
Third, we need to realize that as God’s creatures, servants
and children, we “exist for the praise of his glory”
(Eph 1:12a). We look to the awesome God who created everything
and on whom everything depends. To God we owe worship. And
though we are not worthy, God has invited us to come into
His holy presence. Our part is to accept in humility and awe,
and to try hard to cleanse ourselves of whatever blemishes
us. If we are to enter into His throne room to give Him praise,
we must begin to live pure.
Finally, having come into a right relationship with God, we
need to see that God also intends to use us to bring many
others to Himself. As a community God has made clear that
we are to do the work of evangelization and mission. God wants
all to experience salvation in Jesus. God “has made
known to us the mystery of his will in accord with his favor
that he set forth in him, as a plan for the fullness of times,
to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.”
Now that is quite a task. Sinful people doing divine work.
Continuing with the very work of the Savior. Helping accomplish
the Father’s very own eternal plan. How can it happen?
Well, God gives us “wisdom and insight” (Eph 1:8b)
to realize that it is indeed a mystery, but that is what God
intends. What we cannot accomplish on our own, He can. This
is the reality: “In him we were also chosen, destined
in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all
things according to the intention of his will” (Eph
1:11). God does His part, and we just need to do ours. God
needs fitting and worthy instrument. We can become such as
we live pure.
What else can we say? We can only exclaim: “Blessed
be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed
us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens”