S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
Many people have set out to write accounts about the events that have been fulfilled among us. They used the eyewitness reports circulating among us from the early disciples. Having carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I also have decided to write an accurate account for you, most honorable Theophilus, so you can be certain of the truth of everything you were taught.
When Herod was king of Judea, there was a Jewish priest named Zechariah. He was a member of the priestly order of Abijah, and his wife, Elizabeth, was also from the priestly line of Aaron. Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God’s eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord’s commandments and regulations. They had no children because Elizabeth was unable to conceive, and they were both very old. Luke 1:1-7 NLT
Paul writing to the church in Corinth: “As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority. I don’t even trust my own judgment on this point. My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide. So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.” 1 Corinthians 4:3-5 NLT
We live in a time where people are confused and lack hope. So the question is, “Are we righteous?” Are we, as Christians, living blameless lives? A great temptation is to say, “Someday, I will really work on…”
Does the political climate or difficulties in life change the fact that God has called us to be “blameless”?
Zechariah and his wife endured many years of personal heartache fueled by the public shame of appearing “judged by God” for not having children. Yet God called them “blameless.”
What is involved with being “blameless” before God?
Is that the same as being “blameless” in the eyes of people?
Why is today important?
Lord, thank you for your patience and kindness towards me. Teach me to embrace obedience today. Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil. Forgive my sins, and help me to be blameless!