Maintaining innocence in life is very important if our relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ has to flourish. We must be innocent in our dealings with God and people. The command of God to Abraham when he was 99 years old still has great importance in God's eyes.
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, "I am God Almighty ; walk before me and be blameless. (Genesis 17:1)
Many believers and ministers of God are secretly manipulative (some overtly too), but all their motives and actions are weighed by the Lord. Why you speak/do what you speak/do is important to God. The MOTIVE.
There was only one among the 12 disciples of whom Jesus said, "Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false." (John 1:47). His name was Nathanael or Bartholomew. We do not read of him doing any great exploits for the kingdom of God according to the Gospels, yet Jesus knew his heart while he chose him as his disciple.
As believers or as ministers of the Gospel, let us strive to maintain innocence or blamelessness in God's presence. That is of great value to him. When the disciples asked Jesus as to who was greatest in the kingdom of heaven, he called a little child and had him stand among them and he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3)
May God help us all by his Holy Spirit to be found innocent in his presence; for with such, God loves to fellowship.
Dr. Johnson Cherian