Where is Jesus inviting you to think differently about how he sees you? Righteousness means right standing with God. The thing most people spend their lives trying to become, in Jesus, you already are. In Jesus, you are right with God. What does that mean for us?
Righteousness – meaning right standing with God. The thing that most people spend their lives trying to become, when in Jesus, that is who you already are. In Jesus, you are right with God. What does that mean for us? Let’s talk about it.
Just like a tree receives nutrients it needs from the soil it’s rooted in, our hearts receive from whatever we are rooted in. & when we will choose to get rooted in Jesus, we soak up his forgiveness, righteousness, favor, and love…& we will flourish in life.
But have you had someone in your life and after you made a mistake, said something you shouldn’t have, all of a sudden you no longer know where you stand with them? So, you’re kind of tip toing around them to get a vibe of where they’re at?
How about this one, have you ever been on your journey with Jesus, things are going great, but then… you messed up. You gave into some temptation, didn’t obey when God told you to do something.. And all of a sudden you no longer know where you stand with God? So, you kind of tip toe around him in your prayer time trying to get a vibe for if he’s going to be mad at you or not?
Okay – *this* is why it matters that we know that in Jesus, we are righteous, because that means that you NEVER have to have this interaction with God. You never have to wonder if you and God are cool, or where you stand with him, or what he thinks of you. No matter what happens from the moment you receive Jesus as Lord, you are great with God because of Jesus. You are righteous.
Check this out, Romans 3 starting verse 21 “God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law.” Pre- Jesus God gave Israel the law. All these things we had to do in order to earn or maintain that relationship with God because sin separated us from the perfect relationship with God we were created for. We were in wrong standing with him because God’s righteousness and human sin couldn’t be in the same place. But the issue is that we were never able to live up to the perfection of God on our own. So instead…
Verse 22 – “We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who they are. For though everyone has sinned, and we all fall short of Gods glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.”
Jesus is our righteousness! But if we are honest…. it’s hard to confidently say “I am righteous” when you look at all the ways you’ve fallen short, right? & I know that’s true in my own life because you can always tell your beliefs by your behaviors. And whenever I am “doing” good, not really struggling with sin, treating my siblings good, reading my bible… I believe that me and God are good. I’m worshipping, I’m praying… but when I mess up, and I’m not living up to his glorious standard… ohhh I’ll find and excuse real fast on why I’m not going to church. I’ll tell myself I’m too busy to pray. And even when I do come to God… I come in groveling thinking that the only way he will accept me is if I show him that I know I am a lowly sinner undeserving of his grace.
That response shows you that you don’t believe that In Jesus you are righteous. But if (2 Cor 5:21) God gave him (Jesus) who had no sin to be sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God. If (1 Jn 4:17) says that everything is true of Jesus is true of me. Then that means that no matter what I do, if my faith is in Jesus, then I am as righteous as Jesus is.
& I want you to think about the word righteous. Right standing. Meaning you have a right to stand, you can rightfully stand before God, because you have a right-relationship with him. When servants approach a king, they bow low to the ground for fear of punishment because they don’t have a right-relationship. But sons and daughters know they belong wherever their dad is, so they can rightfully stand in his presence. & Eph 1:13 says we are included with Christ so that means that at all times you are as right with God as Jesus is, based on his behavior, not yours.
And I think with good intentions we sometimes we try to glorify God by talking about how unworthy we are of his goodness, which yes is true… but what do you think honors God more… for us to go around life calling ourselves worthless sinners all the time, continually removing ourselves from his presence, OR for us to actually believe what he says to be true of us, and like Heb 4:16 says, boldly approach his throne of grace so that we may receive mercy and find grace in our time of need.
When 1 Peter 1:16 says “be holy for I am holy” it’s not saying be perfect, try harder…that was the law, you’re under grace now. What it is saying is that Jesus is holy, so you are holy, and you have a right to be in God’s presence just as a beloved son or daughter has the right to be with their father at all times, even after they’ve messed up.
& Man, if you didn’t do anything to earn the righteousness that he has given you, that means that you can’t do anything to lose it either. Your right standing with God is completely separated from your behavior. & yes, his grace is absolutely supposed to change the way we live, so it’s not a “do whatever you want” situation – but the point is that even when we miss it, our relationship never changes.
Prov 24:16 “For though a righteous man may fall seven times, he still gets up”. The righteous person is going to fall, were not always going to get it right, but it doesn’t change the fact that they are righteous, it just means that failure isn’t fatal anymore, they can get up, literally stand rightly… again.
So, here’s the question – where is Jesus inviting you to think differently about how he sees you? & What would it change in your life if every time you messed up instead of running away from God you ran two him? Instead of your relationship with him being determined on your behavior, you let Jesus’ obedience be enough because (2 Tim 2:13) even “if we are faithless, he remains faithful”.
& if all day long, like a tree constantly absorbs nutrients from the soil with its roots and produces fruit, when we are rooted in righteousness, holiness is the fruit. If we are sitting in the belief that we are as righteous as Jesus is, it changes the way that we approach life because our beliefs always determine our behaviors. So maybe, today, it’s okay to stop trying so hard, you don’t have to try to become who you already are, and to let the truth that because of Jesus… everything between you and God is right, let it draw you and change you from the inside out.