BECAUSE WE BELIEVE
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
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“But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.” Romans 3:21-22

There are many people who believe in God and have said “yes” to Jesus, but are living on the peripheral of Christian experience because their understanding is that the goal of the Gospel is getting people to heaven. Getting people to heaven is a wonderful consequence, but not the goal of the Gospel. If we believe the Christian life is about doing the best we can so that we will go to heaven, then our focus shifts from Jesus to how well we are doing. That not only makes the Christian life a burden, but ineffective and fruitless.

Paul tells us, “But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known…” This righteousness is apart from the law and has nothing to do with how well we are doing, but everything to do with the life of Christ lived in us. This is a righteousness we do not deserve, nor can it be earned, but is solely a gift of God because we believe in Jesus Christ.

The nature of how we believe is either intellectual or experiential. To illustrate, we could ask two entirely different questions, both about believing. Do you believe in the Loch Ness Monster? Some would say, “Yes,” because they claim to have seen it or read about it or viewed videos; whatever gives credence to their belief the Loch Ness Monster exists. Do you believe in aspirin is an entirely different question and experiential in nature. We know aspirin exists, but we believe in it because we have taken it and it works. Intellectual belief in the Loch Ness Monster will not do anything for us, but it is this belief in the existence of God that is necessary. Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists…” That is the starting point which prompts us to seek God.

When we genuinely seek God, He reveals Himself and it does not take long before we see Him in His righteousness; a truly humbling experience because we then see ourselves in our unrighteousness. We know we need saving, and say “yes” to Jesus. He then begins the work of changing us from the inside out. The purpose of the Gospel is to bring us into the righteousness of Christ, which cannot be accomplished by doing our best, but by being wholly dependent on Jesus. Far from being a burden, the Christian life is liberating. It is allowing Jesus to be Jesus in our lives, and conform us to His likeness so that we may become fruitful partakers of His work in this world.

PRAYER: I pray, Lord, that You bring me into the very core of the Gospel, conforming me to Your likeness, and preparing me to become fruitful for Your work in this world. Thank You, Jesus.


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