WFW: Righteous and Grateful

October 28, 2009

WFW

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us… Titus 3:4, 5

“…This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord. Isaiah 54:17

…brothers, you were called to liberty. Only do not use the liberty for an opportunity to fulfill your selfish desires, but by love serve one another. Galatians 5:13

What shall we say to all this? Are we to remain in sin in order that God’s grace (favor and mercy) may multiply and overflow? Certainly not! How can we who died to sin live in it any longer? Romans 6:1-2

…have a walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God…” Colossians 1:10

Well, that’s quite a menagerie of verses snippets there. But it adequately sums up what has been on my mind this week: Since our righteousness (that is, our right standing with God thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus the Son) was not earned by us but rather paid for by someone else, the least we can do is live a life worthy of this sacrifice. I’m sure you can instantly think of a million verses in the scriptures that speak of this!

Our righteousness was not earned by us. It doesn’t take a whole lot of deep thought to realize that we have done nothing to deserve heaven; we’ve done nothing that would make God say we have some kind of right to be with Him there. On the contrary, I can think of a million things (and I’m sure you can, too, if you are honest) that I have done that prove that I don’t deserve to be in such a glorious place as heaven.

The remarkable thing is that: God solved the problem Himself. He did it, because He knew we were unable to do it. He made sure that the requirement for justice was served by sending His begotten Son to live the sinless life (in perfect obedience to the Father) and offer to die in place of sinners. And then God raised Him from the dead- proof that justice was served (Romans 4:25).

It goes without saying that since we have been redeemed in such a way, we should live grateful lives. We don’t try to attain godly living so we can have “one up” on everyone else. We also don’t sink into a lifestyle of immorality and sin again, to generate “more grace,” as it says in Romans 6. We are grateful for the incredible attention God has given us, for His sacrifice and gift! It goes without saying that we want to please Him who did so much for us!

And you know the really cool thing about it? He makes it really fun! He makes it easy!

Seriously, think about this– is it SO wonderful to feel that weight of guilt over your head every day? Does it make you feel great to destroy people’s lives with your nasty words and lies? To drink liquor or take dope to try to get rid of your problems and puke it all back up again? Is it SO wonderful to hate and slander other people, and to be hated and insulted as well? You see, I don’t drink liquor or avoid drugs because it’s my religion— I don’t do those things because it is not what God would have me to do. He saved me and did so at His own expense! Why on earth would I rub crap in His face after all that?? And it’s not like it’s even hard to NOT be a sinning jerk. I’m so happy! I’m free! Sure, sometimes the pull of sin is SO tempting, and I fall into it, and I get so upset when I fall… but He is even forgiving about those things! He’s really amazing, truly.

So…

You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:20.

It’s really the least we could do, isn’t it?

A thousand times I’ve failed
Still your mercy remains
And should I stumble again
Still I’m caught in your grace

Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame
my heart and my soul, Lord I give you control
Consume me from the inside out Lord
Let justice and praise become my embrace
To love You from the inside out

Your will above all else, my purpose remains
The art of losing myself in bringing you praise

Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame
In my heart, in my soul, Lord I give you control
Consume me from the inside out Lord
Let justice and praise become my embrace
To love You from the inside out

Chorus 2x
Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame
And the cry of my heart is to bring You praise
From the inside out Lord, my soul cries out

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10 Responses to “WFW: Righteous and Grateful”

  1. Lisa Says:

    Thanks for this. I needed a positive message.

  2. Rebecca Says:

    Make no mistake, this is a death sentence. šŸ˜‰

    I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20

  3. The Other Alice Says:

    What a beautiful post! What freedom it is indeed to be a slave of God! Thanks for the post; it is refreshing.

  4. Jay Says:

    Hi Rebecca!
    Excellent Word for Wednesday, as always! I don’t really have anything to add, but I have been thinking more than ever (especially when I read passages like that) that God is soooooo good! Many times we take God for granted, or we think that whatever happens is His will. But Jesus came that we may have life more abundantly! God is so good, and it’s amazing how He demonstrates that towards us when we choose to follow Him!

    God bless!
    Jay

    P.S. That is my favorite song in the entire world!!!

  5. Jim Wetzel Says:

    “Make no mistake, this is a death sentence. ;)”

    I appreciate your lightheartedness there; and, at the same time, what you say is very true. We have a complicated relationship with death. It’s the enemy; it’s our shameful penalty for sin; it’s altogether bad … except that it’s redeemed by our Lord, who surrendered Himself to it and, in so doing, conquered it completely. And in this, I think, as in everything else, we are to follow Him. The older I get, the more it seems to me that a large portion of our life’s business here on earth is the practice of death and loss. And yet somehow, that’s all right. Somehow, it’s even good … just because He walked this way before us.

    Fine post — but the comment’s what really resonates with me. Weird, huh?

    • Rebecca Says:

      What you say is very good, Jim. But I was referring to dying to oneself–to the flesh– and walking in the newness of life (Romans 6). šŸ™‚

  6. Renee Says:

    Thank you for this post. It is very encouraging and so freeing. Jesus did everything for us. All we have to do is simply accept it and live in the freedom He gives us. We don’t have to struggle by ourselves trying to be perfect, we can simply accept His free gift of righteousness and walk in it. When I was reading your post, I remembered something James Kennedy said. (And I will adapt it to fit this post) If you don’t thank God for righteousness, you probably don’t have it. (He used eternal life in his example.) How often do we thank God for what He has done for us? We can live in the freedom God gives us and thank Him that He has already done what we could never do!

    I absolutely love that song, by the way. What an awesome lyrics!

  7. Chris Says:

    I try to explain to some of my relatives that there was such a relief when I became Christian. It is just that the message of doing works, etcetera to try to be good enough to achieve a reward versus doing works because you have something and want to share the joy are two very differing concepts. It is being inspired versus trying desperately to have enough brownie points.

    Thanks for the reminder, today.

  8. akaGaGa Says:

    Gratitude was my over-whelming emotion when I first got saved, and I hope to never lose that. It’s why I’ve claimed the following scripture for myself (and my blog):

    I say to you, her sins,
    which are many,
    have been forgiven.
    Luke 7:47

    What an amazing, and completely undeserved, thing it is.

  9. Angrywhiteman Says:

    Every time I read this verse it evokes humility and awe, what a precious gift.

    Jhn 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.