As we have already looked at, we are righteous before God because of our faith and the blessings that go with that righteousness. (Romans 4:3, 6-8, 22) Today we will look at living righteously. If God says that we are righteous because of Christ and our faith in Him, does that mean that once we are saved and deemed righteous by God, we can rest on our laurels and just walk through life as justified and righteous and still live a sinful life and a life that does not in any way reflect the fruit of Christ? Absolutely not! We are called to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of, or live a life worthy of the calling we have received (Ephesians 4:1; Romans 12:1-2). Scripture tells us, that now we have been justified and found to be righteous in Christ, grow in that righteousness and show the world that Jesus is alive! How then do we do this? By the way we live; victorious not defeated; courageous not stunted by our conscience, a bold, strong and full of life in obedience to the Word of God!
However, if we do fall short or overcome by sin at any given moment, we still need to keep our conscience peaceful before the Lord as we strive to sustain this quality of righteousness. Why do we need to keep our conscience clean? Because God cannot hear the prayer of a sinner or one that is not found to have faith in Him. (John 9:31) If we continue to live a life contrary to the things of God, not living according to his will for us, then we cannot expect anything from God. The only prayer God can hear is the prayer of a righteous man; a man who understands his sinful state, repents before God and endeavours to walk accordingly. (1 John 1:5-9; 2:1-2) We will all stumble from time to time because none of us are perfect, but we need to endeavour, desire and strive to walk conscience free before the Lord. God cannot and will not bless the unrighteous, he can and will only bless the righteous whom are found in Christ!
Today, let us see ourselves as righteous, blessed and live a righteous life in Christ. The righteous person of God is dead to sin but is alive in God. (Romans 6:11) Sin no longer reigns but life in Christ Jesus reigns. We don’t live by the standards of this world but the standards of God, which has deemed us to be found righteous through Christ.
Have a ‘God’ day
Pastor David Holt (MTh)