THE SERVANT GENERAL
PERFECTLY HOLY AND ENTIRELY BLAMELESS
Today’s reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
We are called to be holy. We become holy as we live pure.
How do we live pure? “Refrain from every kind of evil.”
(1 Thes 5:22).
prays, “May the God of peace himself make you perfectly
holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved
blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
(1 Thes 5:23). To live pure is to be untainted in everything
that we are and do, in our whole being. As such, to be holy
is actually to strive for Christian perfection. As we grow
in perfection, we become the spotless bride ready to meet
the Bridegroom. Thus to be holy and pure prepares us for the
ultimate coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in glory.
What helps us to live pure?
while we know it will be difficult and challenging, we know
that God wills it. And if God wills it, then He will provide
us whatever we need. “The one who calls you is faithful,
and he will also accomplish it.” (1 Thes 5:24). Thus,
even as we struggle, we have the confidence that God is there
to help us. We need never give up or give in. We simply persevere.
the way God guides and forms us is as we are growing in our
personal relationship with Him. This happens mainly through
prayer. We spend time with God. We listen to Him. We turn
over our lives to Him. We trust in Him. We should live our
life such that we are constantly in touch with Him, with the
consciousness that we live for Him, in whatever circumstances
we find ourselves in. Thus we “pray without ceasing.”
(1 Thes 5:17).
one way God helps us is through our brethren. God speaks through
prophets. God guides, counsels and corrects through others.
Often what others say will challenge us regarding our spiritual
condition. We are to be open. We are to be discerning. “Do
not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophetic utterances.
Test everything; retain what is good.” (1 Thes 5:19-21).
knowing that our God is faithful and that He wills our holiness,
we should “in all circumstances give thanks” (1
Thes 5:18). In all circumstances. Whether we are up or down.
If we know that God is faithful and wills our holiness, then
we can be thankful whatever is happening to us at the moment.
We may not see it, but God will always use what is happening
to move us further to perfection. In fact, the difficulties
and suffering and pain are what can help purify us and propel
us to holiness.
with all the above, we can only “rejoice always.”
(1 Thes 5:16). It is joy that is beyond understanding. It
is not just happiness that comes from good things coming our
way, but it is joy that comes from knowing that we are in
Christ, that we are in the best situation of our lives. It
is a state of mind and heart that acknowledges the great love
and plan God has for us, and His working to accomplish His
purpose in preserving us blameless at His coming.
To be perfectly holy, to be entirely blameless, to pray without
ceasing, to be thankful in all circumstances, to rejoice always
-- that is to live pure.