8/2: Me? Righteous?

 

We all know ourselves and we know there’s absolutely no way we deserve God’s love and all His blessings. We cringe at the very thought of God knowing everything about us. That very fact can even cause us to have second thoughts about our worth. After all, we reason, if I’m worthless to God, I’m worthless to everyone else in every area of my life.

Thankfully, that whole line of reasoning is wrong because it’s based upon an inaccurate supposition. Look closely: the above argument finds its foundation in works. We are feeling bad because of things we’ve done, but our worth in God’s eyes is not grounded in what we’ve done but in what He’s done.

The understanding of this concept started with God’s dealing with Abraham. Romans 4:8-11 says:

  • Yes, what joy for those
    whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.” Now, is this blessing only for the Jews, or is it also for uncircumcised Gentiles? Well, we have been saying that Abraham was counted as righteous by God because of his faith. But how did this happen? Was he counted as righteous only after he was circumcised, or was it before he was circumcised? Clearly, God accepted Abraham before he was circumcised! Circumcision was a sign that Abraham already had faith and that God had already accepted him and declared him to be righteous—even before he was circumcised. So Abraham is the spiritual father of those who have faith but have not been circumcised. They are counted as righteous because of their faith. (NLT)

And just in case we’re not convinced that God has done this for us as well, take a look at the last two verses of the same chapter that gave us the above passage:

  • And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.  Romans 4:23-24 (NLT)

So great news: Me and you? Righteous? Yes and amen, thanks not to our righteousness, but to the righteousness given to us by God.

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 

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~ by sanewriter on August 2, 2013.

One Response to “8/2: Me? Righteous?”

  1. Father God, thank you for being my redeemer and for blessing me with righteousness. There is nobody greater than you!!!

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