Let’s Get Right (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 269)
Romans 1:17a (NLT)
This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight.
I’ve read dozens of definitions for the word ‘righteousness.’ In fact, there are more definitions especially in theological dictionaries than I have enough time in my day to read. But righteousness boils down to two simple things: being right with God and living right in the world. You won’t be right with both God and man unless you have God in your life.
The ‘Good News’ that scripture talks about is that God makes us perfect, holy, and right in his sight. We can’t achieve righteous on our own. Righteousness is a result of the active relationship believers have with God the Father. This relationship is developed through faith in Jesus Christ. His death, burial, and resurrection covers our sins and makes living in rightness with God possible.
Righteousness if the standard for the believer. It is the only way to live. It is the only way to get to Heaven. Living life as God intended produces character that evolves into grace, truth, and purpose. When God is not the center of your life, you aren’t really living. You’re just existing, drifting through life on your own terms while searching for that deep anchor that every person needs and desires.
Most people live just like this including some believers. The bottom line of their lives is the acquirement of material possessions or achieving some lofty goal or impressing neighbors and friends. Life is about knowing God, loving God, and living as God wants us to live. Right living changes our minds, our hearts, our actions, and the outcome of our existence is both glory and service.
Righteousness is the way we live on earth and the way we get to heaven. It is impossible to be a believer and not strive to live ‘rightly’ in God. God wants you to choose to live in righteousness. He won’t force you to, but he desires that you do. And when you choose to love him and follow him, you will be made right with him. He will give you the strength and grace to live out his love and light. And it will change your life here and for all of eternity.
“If we walk in righteousness He will carry us through.”
— A.B. Simpson