This is Day 31 of 48 of the #TruthAboutWhoYouAre series. Thank you so much for joining in on this journey with me. I hope you are inspired over this 7 week series.
Excited to welcome Jessica Parham as the guest writer for today. She's a friend of mine, a pastor at @theocmovement with her husband, & has two kids. Be sure to follow along her journey on Instagram @jessicaparham Enjoy!
I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ - 2 Corinthians 5:21
I have written and rewritten this about five times now. “Maybe I should talk about righteousness versus holiness”. Scratch that. “Becoming righteous because of Christ and our immediate inheritance...like having a rich uncle you never knew about die (who lived a very fulfilling life)”. Nah, scratch that. “Just tell Kristen you can’t do it”. I can’t do that...well maybe...no I can’t.
It was just supposed to be real simple, a quick little couple of paragraphs on this one verse so why am I making it so difficult? But isn’t that how we treat righteousness? God made everything so simple for us, too simple for us to comprehend sometimes. The first part of verse 21 says, “For our sake He made Christ to be sin who knew no sin”. It’s that whole too good to be true thing. The extraordinary gift of righteousness is secured through Christ’s death on the cross. As soon as we entered into a personal relationship with Jesus, we were made righteous, or made in right standing with God. Our righteousness is found in Christ alone and there is nothing we can do to earn it.
Just as I kept picking apart this blog I needed to write, we do that in our own lives. Maybe more so as women. My natural tendency is to be a little critical, okay maybe a lot. It’s just easier for me to see the things going wrong over the things going right. It’s a challenge, but once we can stop thinking about all the things wrong with us and start thinking more about all of the things that are right with Jesus, we can become who God has already made us! The things we can never do in our own strength can begin to happen in God’s strength!
In that comes benefits, Isaiah 32:17 says “And the effect of righteousness will be peace [internal and external], and the result of righteousness will be quietness and confident trust forever.”
Put on the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus! Stop trying to become what you already are!
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