‘May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NIV).
Wholeness means bringing every part of our being into the light of God’s presence and allowing His work of transformation through our whole being. Paul raises the aspect of wholeness in this Scripture. The spirit, soul and body refer not so much to the individual parts of a person as to the entire being of a person. God must be involved in every aspect of our life.
Paul speaks about being blameless in every part of our life before God. To do this, we dare not compartmentalize the spiritual life and our physical life. We cannot obey God sometimes or only one day a week. This is not living blameless before God. Instead, we will find that when we bring all of ourselves, in wholeness to God and choose to live blamelessly in all areas of our life, we live peacefully with ourselves, with others and with God (Psalm 37:37).
Are we experiencing wholeness in our life currently? Consider those around us who seem whole. Those who live all their life fully before the Father’s gaze. Look at their life and determine in what way they live blamelessly.
Do we see the fruit of peace exuberating from them? Psalm 37:37 encourages us to do this very thing. ‘Consider the blameless, observe the upright; there is a future for the man of peace.’ Blameless people are not perfect, they are human too making mistakes just like others. But they intentionally seek to honor God in every choice they make. Overall, their life reflects upright and righteous living.
Heavenly Father, I want to bring my whole self to you today. I want to be blameless in every thought, word and action. Help to live this way by the power of your Spirit in me. Thank you.
In Jesus’ Mighty Name,
Paul said in 1 Romans 9 that he served God with his ‘whole heart’. He withheld no part of himself in surrendering his life to God and so with this wholeness he sought to be blameless in everything he did. May that be our confession and desire too.