“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” (James 1:27 NASB)
Unstained: unblemished, without spot. In the Greek it is Aspilos, used as an external blemishes, of being examined and nothing found to base a claim against.
On a trip north across the state of Wyoming, I was stopped at a commercial vehicle inspection station on the northern leg before entering Montana. The inspector requested me to bring all documentation into the office for her to check. She checked my commercial driver license, medical certificate, truck registration, trailer registration, bill of laden for the load I was transporting, and finally my log book. Everything was in order. Then she looked carefully at eight days of logging my time. She checked the time I entered Wyoming, where I registered at the southern inspection station the day before. She looked at my entries of the times and places I stopped, where I stayed for the night, where I ate breakfast. Finally she said, “I just can’t find anything wrong.” She hesitated a moment, made another check, saying she would take another look to see if she could find anything. I felt relieved when finally she hit the computer button that finished the report and printed a copy for me that contained the words “No Violations Found.”
The inspector could find no cause to cite me for a violation. My paperwork was unspotted, unblemished. Not only did I not have to pay a fine for some error in my paperwork, but my company pays $25.00 (USD) for a “No Violation” report.
A commercial driver license comes with the obligation to accomplish certain tasks, such as keeping paperwork in a prescribed manner. At some time in our lives we accepted eternal life through Messiah Y’shuaJesus. The author of Hebrews wrote:
“Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to G-d an acceptable service with reverence and awe.” (Hebrews 12:28 NASB)
So then, our lives are offered to G-d. What type of life should we offer? Unblemished! Unspotted! “When a man offers a sacrifice of peace offerings to the LORD to fulfill a special vow or for a freewill offering, of the herd or of the flock, it must be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no defect in it.” (Leviticus 22:21 NASB)
We have one another and the Spirit of G-d to bring this about. We act. And if we act wrongly, our brothers and sisters of the Gospel, and the Holy Spirit, are charged with helping us. We confess and turn from our blemishes. This is an act of having our feet washed. Y’shua washed our lives at the time of our salvation, now we need only our feet washed as we walk in the dust of our journey.
Thank You, Lord, for Your mercy toward us. Enable us to live an unblemished, abundant life. Amen
Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .