The Bible talks a lot about righteousness. To be honest, I really didn’t know what this means. Like– I know the word, but not on a deeper, spiritual level. Happy Wednesday.
Righteousness: the quality or state of being righteous (characterized by uprightness of morality; acting an upright, moral way; virtuous)
I have this warped belief that I have to earn God’s love. I’m sure I’m not the only one.
I always thought that I needed to be a good strong Christian before God could possibly use me. I don’t share my testimony too often. I don’t really speak in public about my faith. Mostly because of fear. “What if I don’t know the Bible well enough? Someone else probably knows it better than me. I’m afraid I’ll get something wrong.” Then, on the flip side of that, “What if someone who doesn’t know the Lord asks me a question and I can’t answer it?”
Then there’s always the, “God couldn’t possibly hear my prayers right now. Look at all the sin I’ve done this week. He doesn’t have time for this. I think I should pray harder or maybe fast for a while—THEN he’ll hear me.”
Okay so back to: What is righteousness? What makes a person righteous? Is it obeying the law? Good deeds? Probably both, right?
How many times have you seen Christians caught up in the rules? Don’t do that. Do this. Don’t even THINK about doing that. You’re a sinner. You thought about it.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with the rules. The Bible’s got a lot of them and a lot of guidance about how we should live in the New and Old Testament because God doesn’t ever change.
But none of these rules go anywhere without the realization that Jesus is your Savior. *lightbulb on* It’s like doing a whole semesters worth of school work then at the last minute you forgot that you even registered for the class so you get booted.
“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” -Romans 10:8-10
So, what I’m getting at here and my understanding of righteousness is that:
Righteousness is simple: the belief that Jesus is your Savior and that this is the beginning of salvation and obedience.
God wants to use you. He doesn’t want or even need that perfect version of you that you’ve told yourself you will become. He wants faults. He wants weaknesses. The good, the bad and even the ugly. He wants all of you no matter the mess.
The Holy Spirit doesn’t depend on human works to do His work. He works through faith and mercy. God doesn’t need a resume and five years of experience. All God needs is your absolute trust and obedience.
And what about faith? Well, news flash—you don’t need a lot of it. Because if you have faith as small as a mustard seed. (okay, side note has anyone ever Googled one of these bad boys they are freaking small.) “you can tell a mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move, nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20)
So stop wishing and praying for more faith and start using the faith that you do have. Because you do have faith. You are on this planet and your heart wants more. If you have accepted Jesus, you’re doing it. You’re walking in righteousness.
That tiny bit of faith can grow into so much more. Good works will come out of this relationship with Christ. It will no longer become a rule book to follow when you give your life to Him. //