You are the Righteousness of God:
I can’t begin to tell you how tremendously full I feel. Full of love, appreciation, hope, even a deep sadness that I can’t seem to shake. I’ve reached a point in my life where I’m constantly looking back and realising that I’ve been painfully blind, ignorant and closed off from reality. I’m truly starting to realize how foolish I’ve been, and I’m fully understanding that everyone has been through the “less-than-smart” phase of their lives. I find myself deeply moved by things I wouldn’t have thought twice about as little as 6 months ago. I genuinely have a deep love and gratitude, not only for my family, but for people.
Putting your life into perspective and seeing things clearly by no means makes you perfect or a saint. I’ve messed up royally in life, hurt people (knowingly and unknowingly I’m coming to realize), I’ve been selfish, impulsive, immature, the list is quite endless. I feel like I’ve wasted a lot of my time actually wasting, not only precious, but important time. However, I remain grateful for deliverance, growth and the ability to acknowledge my less-than-smartness. I know its overplayed but I constantly tell myself that God’s timing is always the best timing, and immediately I’m somehow comforted by that.
Verse of the Day:
2 Corinthians 5:21 says that “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Is that not one of the most profound, yet confusing sentences you’ve ever read!? You, my dear flamingo, are the full righteousness of God! Joseph Prince put it so wonderfully when he said that a lot of Christians feel or believe that they must really work hard at becoming more righteous. They kick themselves when they do wrong – I am very guilty of this, but this is so wrong. By doing this I’m not seeking God’s righteousness, but I’m attempting to establish my own righteousness by all the ‘law-keeping’ and ‘right conduct’ swirling around in my mind. Righteousness is not about constantly doing the right thing. It is literally a gift to us from God through Jesus.
Now, because it is a gift, we cannot earn it with all of our right conduct, and law-keeping tendencies. We can only receive it! We receive it through the cross. Why? Because God made Jesus “who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” At the core of it all, we are the righteousness of God in Christ.
But do I qualify?:
Then another problem arises which I’m also terribly guilty of. I tend to think that in the body of Christ, there are different classes or levels of righteousness, some of us, as Prince once put it, think we have economy-class righteousness while others enjoy first-class righteousness. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
When God gave Jesus to us, Jesus became our righteousness. Meaning that we are a thousand percent righteous in God’s eyes! Naturally my next feeling was; ‘how could I possibly be righteous when I’ve done wrong?’ Go back to 2 Corinthians 5:21 and really think about the words you’re reading: Jesus (who knew no sin) became sin for us. Jesus knew no sin, done no sin, and there was no sin within Him. Then at the cross, He received our sin and became sin for us! Now flip the coin, us who are all sinners, we know no righteousness, we did nothing righteous, and in us was no righteousness. At the cross, the divine exchange took place. Jesus took our place, so that we might take His. Guys! Jesus did not deserve to be made sin, but was made so in our place. We do not deserve to be made righteous, but we were made righteous because we received it on the cross. How amazing is God?!
You are highly favoured:
This brings me back to that feeling I told you I have. I feel incredibly full. Full of love, appreciation and conviction. I really recommend that you take some time today to realize that you have first-class righteousness and thank Jesus for the heavenly exchange He made on the cross. Thank God for His hand of favour in your life, because you are highly favoured my friend!
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