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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Just BE Righteous

When was the last time you heard the word righteous used in a sermon? It’s one of those old-fashioned terms evoking thoughts of super-spiritual folks and all things liturgical. In the Bible it is often used to contrast believers with the wicked, or non-believers.

The simplest meaning as far as Bible “righteous” goes is ‘being made right with God - without prejudice or partiality, e.g., of the judgment of God.’

In the Old Testament people had to go to unimaginable lengths to obey every jot and tittle of laws painstakingly put forth by God for atonement. This avenue to righteousness was available to anyone who would participate.

When Abraham came along and God called out a people unto Himself the game plan changed. Abraham was saved by faith. Even though Jesus had not come yet, Paul goes into great detail to explain to us in the book of Romans (4:2-3) that if God had accepted Abraham because of his good deeds Abraham would have had something to brag about.

No, it was Abraham’s faith that made him righteous. He believed God. (v.3) and God DECLARED him to BE righteous.

Jesus was raised from the dead to make us righteous (v25). We have peace with God (5:1). No matter who we are or what we’ve done, we are all saved the same way. (3:22), “we are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins.”

I’m convinced that sin wouldn’t be a problem in our lives if we thought of ourselves as righteous children of God. If Christians really believed that there isn’t anything good enough we can do ourselves to earn a right place with God. Romans 4: 4-5 reminds us that when we work our wages are not a gift. People are given God’s stamp of righteousness because of their faith NOT because of their work.

So stop wearing yourself out trying to be good enough for God. Instead ask the Holy Spirit to help you remember these verses that remind us we are already righteous in God’s eyes if we are a Believer. The Holy Spirit gives us the power “to DO right(-eous)” but we first have to believe (faith) we ARE right(-eous).

If I truly think (believe) God thinks of me as righteous already then it takes the pressure off of me to perform. Just knowing He approves of me exponentially adds to my desire to please Him and draws me closer to Him. The closer I am to Him the less my desire is for sin. Being righteous is no longer a chore. Because I AM righteous.

And so are you if you are a Believer.

6 comments:

marmee said...

i don't have anything to add.
thank you for saying it all so plainly.

Meems said...

Marmee,
thanks for reading and letting me know you did. You're very welcome. I hope you have a wonderful day and stay warm ... I hear it is very cold up there... again.

NT said...

Great read Meems, hard to add anything. You articulated it so well.

Meems said...

N.T.

Reading through the book of Romans in the NLT is so eye-opening. I just keep going back to it over and over again. Great food for the soul with elemental principles necessary to believe in order to live out our Christian life on this earth.

What we believe about how God thinks about us individually is vital!

Have a great day!
Call your Representative... I know you will or probably already have.
:-)

gigi said...

just getting around to reading the blog this week. do you remember this song we used to sing?

"i am covered over with the robe of righteousness that Jesus gives to me - He gives to me,
i am covered over with the precious blood of Jesus and He lives in me - He lives in me,
o what joy it is to know
my heavenly Father loves me so - and He gives to me - my Jesus,
for when he looks at me
He sees not what i used to be - but He sees Jesus"

1st Cor. 1:30,31 puts it this way in the Revised Standard:
"He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption; therefore, as it is written, 'let him who boasts, boast of the Lord'."

you are so right when you say "I’m convinced that sin wouldn’t be a problem in our lives if we thought of ourselves as righteous children of God." becoming more righteousness conscious, and less sin conscious, opens the way for you to be more intimate with God and not be so concerned with your own good works.

Meems said...

Gigi:
Now that you mention it - I DO remember that song. It's been a long time since I've heard it. I agree with more righteous conscious- it does make us feel we have an open door with God if we think He thinks well of us... even when we've done wrong. He only wants us to come to Him anyway... forgiveness is already available but we can't receive it if we stay away from God.