WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18
But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:17 (NLT2)
HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS IS GIVEN
Salvation is not just about what is removed (the penalty for our sins), it’s also about what is received (the righteousness of Christ). Our new and permanent possession is the “gift of righteousness” (Romans 5:17 NLT2). Not only does God forgive our sin, but He gives us what we could never get on our own.
Lou Johnson, a 1965 World Series hero for the Los Angeles Dodgers, tried for thirty years to recover the championship ring he had lost to drug dealers in 1971. Drug and alcohol abuse cost him everything from that magical season, including his uniform, glove, and the bat he used to hit the winning home run in the deciding game. When Dodger president Bob Graziano learned that Johnson’s World Series ring was about to be auctioned on the Internet, he immediately bought the ring for $3,457 and gave it to Johnson, sixty-six, who has been drug-free for years and a Dodger community relations employee. He did for Johnson what Johnson could not do for himself.
And that is the heart of your Father towards you. What keeps Christ-followers from believing they are righteous? How do you think God feels about you? Do you consider yourself as righteous? What are some ways you can remind yourself this week that God sees you as righteous? When you came to faith in Christ, you became righteous. God accepts you because of your faith in Christ and not because of your ability to keep rules. Praise God for the undeserved gift of righteousness that you received at the moment of your salvation.