For I have kept the ways of the Lord (i do my best)
I have not done evil by turning away from my God (feelin pretty confident)
I have been blameless before Him (umm… well, not exactly completely blameless)
And have kept myself from sin (ok… that one is gunna be hard to claim, but…)
The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness (WHAT?!)
According to the cleanness of my hands in His sight… (i stand dumbfounded)
How is this possible? Nobody can make any of these claims, least of all me. Every day we fall, we blow it, we definitely do NOT have “cleanness of hands”. So how can He reward me according to MY righteousness? As soon as we begin to believe in OUR righteousness, we are usually hit square in the face with how sinful we can really be. The moment we believe that we are blameless, truth comes like a bright light, shining on all our iniquities and we are exposed.
Jesus is the One that kept the laws
Jesus is the One that does not turn away
Jesus is the One that is blameless
Jesus is the One that has clean hands
Jesus is the only One who matches this description. When we accept His work on the cross, when we choose to walk with Him, when we choose His plan over ours, THEN we become all of these things. not in our own merit, but in His. we could never live up to perfect, but we can put on the righteousness of Jesus in place of our own faithlessness and present ourselves with His covering. He took our place of punishment for sin. He went to the cross and died in our place.
2 Corinthians 5:21: “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”
we have an opportunity for life – here – now – while living in this sin-filled world, while we are sinners. He stands in our place so that the Lord sees His righteousness and the cleanness of His hands in our place.
Hebrews 11:6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.
My Pastor reminds us of the terminology of this verse speaking of Jesus actually becoming our reward. Literally: “He becomes the reward of those who diligently seek Him” Don’t you love that?! As we seek Him, He becomes our reward & covers our sin & becomes our righteousness.
Today i pray that we would remember who we are in Christ. i pray that we would remember where we come from as we walk among others that come across our path. i pray that we would have grace for those who are struggling to find their path and give love as graciously as it has been given to us.
Today i pray that those who do not know You, would find You. that they would see the God who forgives, who loves, who gives peace & joy & life to those who seek after Him. today i pray that God shows Himself thru others, that the ones who seek, will find. i pray that you would know Him more intimately, more abundantly, & be able to claim Him as your own…