Daily Devotion, Aug 4, 2020 - Righteous

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – August 4, 2020
Romans 4

Righteous is one of those words that has been popularized and means many different things depending on the context. To the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the expression meant really cool or neat. “Righteous” meant honest and genuine in the 1930s and was used as an expression to describe jazz music. In the 1980s it could mean all of the above.

But what does the word "righteous" or "righteousness" really mean? The google dictionary defines righteousness as” the condition of moral uprightness or to be made right or morally good, justified or acceptable.” In the Christian life, righteousness is not something we can earn but is a condition that God bestows (imputes) upon us that results from our belief in God’s promises. Abraham was a man who believed in God’s promises. God promised him and his 90+ year old wife that they were going to have a child. Pretty unbelievable. But Abraham trusted God and sure enough, Sarah gave birth to Isaac and Abraham was promised to be the father of all nations. Abraham was righteous before he was circumcised; therefore it was not the ritual of circumcision that made him “right”. Abraham was obedient and did what God told him to do, but that was not what made him “right” either. It was his belief in God, his faith, that resulted in God imputing righteousness upon him. Abraham was not righteous because of his own behavior. He was righteous simply because he had faith that God would keep his promises…he believed in God. To think that we can be “right” or “good” enough to earn righteousness is to be “self-righteous”. Because of the righteousness God gives us we are led, by God, into a life of righteousness. But we cannot earn righteousness. It is imputed upon us (attributed or credited to us).

God is the only One who can bring life to our barrenness. Just as he gave Abraham and Sarah the means to have a child and brought life to their barren bodies, God gave us Jesus to bring us new life now and the promise of life eternal after our mortal bodies die. We did not earn this salvation and this opportunity to a new life; God attributed it to us through faith and God’s grace. Praise be to God, we are made righteous not because of what we have done but because of what God has done through the mighty acts of grace poured out by Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior! Amen!

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