If you were to ask someone how to live an innocent life as a follower of Christ, you might get several answers. I imagine most would say things like: don't look at pornography, live simply, don't gossip, etc. And those are good answers.
But as we talked about on Sunday there is something else that is important in our living lives of innocence. The Gospel.
"Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God."
If we are going to live a life and leave a life of innocence, it must be a life that is completely controlled by the gospel of Jesus. Every relationship should be directed and motivated by this one thing. We will leave those relationships as innocent followers of Jesus if we have been faithful to fulfill the commission our Lord gave to us.
I have too many regrets in my past. Times when people, either friends or neighbors, left my life never hearing the whole gospel from me. It's not worth the risk. Those people need Jesus. They literally need him. And I am blessed to know it. It's no secret. It's the greatest, most joy-filling news anyone could hear.
We are blessed to be a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession. What a blessing! What a joy! Why did he bless us so? 1 Peter 2:9 tells us; "that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light."