When my wife and I got engaged to be married, we immediately registered for gifts at a local department store.  On our registry, we signed up for a plethora of new kitchen utensils.  At the time, teflon-coated cookware was the craze.  So as we started life as a married couple, our first meals were prepared in “non-stick” pots and pans.   They proved helpful for my wife who was trying her hand at cooking for the first time!

When it comes to Christian living, the Lord desires for His people to develop a sort of spiritual teflon.  In Colossians 1:22, Paul spoke of the need for believers to be “blameless.”  The language speaks of a thing which contains no major blemish or defect.  Figuratively, it portrays a Christian who is free of any major sin or fault.  The Lord wants His people to live above reproach, to have a stellar reputation amongst a lost world. 

He desires this for His own glory.  By His design, He has made our lives to reflect His nature (Matthew 5:16).  He wants us to be blameless so that others can see Jesus through us.  This doesn’t mean that we have to be perfect, it simply means that we have to be like spiritual teflon — when accusations are made against us, they don’t stick.  Our lives our different, and others know it.  If they aren’t, the testimony of Jesus will suffer.  How can we develop the type of blamelessness that makes Jesus known?  Consider three realities.

Jesus was blameless.

The pursuit of a fault-free life begins with a pursuit of Jesus.  Our Lord was above reproach.  Even when He stood before His accusers, they could find no major flaw.  As was the case with Daniel (Daniel 6:5), they had to concoct claims in order to convict Him (Matthew 26:59-60).  Blamelessness doesn’t mean that we will never have our detractors, it simply means that they will never have any real ammunition against our character.  If we bear the name of Christ, we should seek to have such an impervious reputation.  Our Lord walked in integrity.  None could bring a valid charge against Him.  We should aim to have a character similar to His.

Jesus saved us to be blameless.

As a part of salvation purposes, God desires for us to have lives free from tarnish.   Ephesians 5:27 says that the Lord saved us “to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless.”  When we live free from the fallen flaws of this world, we live up to our full potential in Christ!  We meet His intended purposes!  Such an experience brings true satisfaction, and it makes us more effective for His kingdom.

Jesus can make us blameless.

Ultimately, no one can live blemish-free apart from the Lord.  Human willpower and ingenuity cannot produce the life of Christ.  Without an abiding relationship with the Lord, we are sure to succumb to the stained speech and ungodly acts of degenerate humanity.  Jude 24 says, “Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless and with great joy.”  If we want to be spiritual teflon that makes a difference for Jesus, we must learn how to draw strength from a personal walk with Jesus.

Dr. Patrick Latham

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