We aren't called wear the name of shame. We are called Blameless in Christ.
Eph. 1:4 - "Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him."
God has given us the blessing of being made pure, new, holy, and blameless IN Him. When we accept the gift of His forgiveness, He changes our name from shame to holy. Before the world was formed... that means before your first regret, before your most recent pain, he chose us to be holy before him. Romans 5:8 tells us that while we were still sinners, that He chose to redeem us.
Holy means sanctified, set apart for the Lord, different from all other things that are common. This is first and foremost the nature of our awesome God. From his uncommon birth, to His sinless life, to his death and resurrection that sanctified humanity, He always was and always is Holy.
1 Peter 1:16 says “Be Holy For I Am Holy."
From the very beginning, His plan has been to adopt us from our nature into His. Into His holiness. We are invited to be transformed and live a life that imitates His, a Holy life. His blessing invites us to no longer live as a bearer of shame, but of blameless holiness. To be purified through Him.
This Christmas, let's not settle for less than what God has given to us. Let's not settle for being cleaner than we used to be. Let's not settle for a little more righteous. Let's lean into Him, receiving His blessing, and living in the holiness that He intended for us.
Holiness is complete, and our God doesn't gives us gifts halfway, He gives with the intention that we will open and apply the fullness of his gift. Press into the Lord this Christmas as He transforms you into the image of Him- into holiness.