This is a difficult subject to write about for me.
It’s difficult because, while some simple research and thinking can allow me to at least begin to answer a lot of the questions I have about in life, righteousness is just in a league of its own.
I’m not completely righteous and I don’t think I ever will be.
Righteousness, much like a person’s journey to becoming Christ-like, is a never-ending journey.
Just when I might think that I’ve grown enough to be able to stand on my own like Jesus did, I’m reminded of all the aspects of myself that are still incomplete and all of the things I have yet to learn and immediately, I’m brought back down to earth.
Every time it feels like I’m getting closer and closer to God, I realize who he actually is and who I actually am, and the already inconceivable distance between us seems to become even longer.
Even though he is so far away, he always feels so close.
I love that feeling and hope you would too.
Being righteous is simply a matter of loving God so much that you would devote everything to him.
Your job, your safety, your hopes, your dreams, your relationships, and even your greatest fears, being righteous is a matter of aligning all of those things with scripture and the will of God.
I like to think that I could do all of those things completely but the reality is I can’t.
I’m still growing and there are a lot of things about myself that I simply don’t know enough about yet to be able to truly give God everything that I know he deserves.
I’m only human after all.
Yet I like to believe that there’s hope for me.
One day, a long time from now, I would just get there, just get to a point of knowing God more than I could have ever imagined.
Nothing would make me happier than that, I’m certain of it.
Below you’ll find scripture that I personally found useful when thinking about what righteousness really looks like.
Feel free to take some time to reflect on it as I did.
(Don’t forget to use a guide to aid in studying)
Remember that righteousness like sin is nothing but a choice to live for God rather than ourselves.
Be the person that God would have you to be and I promise you, you won’t regret it.
Thanks for reading.
He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, who despises the gain of oppressions, who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed and shuts his eyes from looking on evil, he will dwell on the heights; his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks; his bread will be given him; his water will be sure. Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar.
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15
‘despises the gain of oppressions’
“Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.
‘shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe’
And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of those who are in the right.
‘stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed’
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
‘shuts his eyes from looking on evil’
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
‘will dwell on the heights’
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:9
‘his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks’
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
‘his bread will be given him; his water will be sure’
Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!
‘Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar.’
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
This is 30 Days of Growth: Day 6