"Our righteousness is in Him, and our hope depends... upon the fullness of grace and love in Him, and upon His obedience unto death." —John Newton
The best things in life are free.
That's great news to everyone who understands God's grace and walks in His Spirit. But what about those folks that are in Christ, but still living under the Law? That usually lands Christians into one of two categories:
The self-righteous—those who think they must make themselves righteous in their own strength.
The not-righteous-enough—those who, even though they are righteous in Christ, mistakenly think and feel they are unrighteous as they carry guilt and feel condemned.
Yeah, there is probably an element of one of these in each one of us, isn't there? Daily, we must remind ourselves of the new way God makes for both the self-righteous and the not-righteous-enough:
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, There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus (emphasis added). —Romans 3:21-24
Which way will you choose to see your righteousness today? Through the lens of the law leading to self-righteousness or shame, or faith in what Christ did on the Cross?
Lamb of God, Who takes away my sin, use my sense of self-righteousness and unrighteousness as a teacher today. Use it to lead me to Your grace as the pure, free source of righteousness. By faith, and not my works, I celebrate what You have made me in You: righteous! I trust in You to live through me today in a way that makes this truth a practical reality. Amen.
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A Countercultural Life: Living Well in a Broken World
It’s a challenge for most followers of Jesus Christ to live in a culture driven by values and views that run counter to our faith and to the truth of Scripture. And we wonder how best to relate.
Should we isolate ourselves from such a world, trying to keep ourselves “unstained”? Should we be intimidated by what our secular counterparts believe because we feel “out of step”? Then again, maybe we should identify more closely with the values of our world in order to win more people to Christ.
Stuart Briscoe takes you on a journey to discover how to live as a Christ follower in our fallen culture in his new small book, A Countercultural Life: Living Well in a Broken World. By looking at the life of Joseph (Genesis 37-50), Stuart shows you an excellent model for how we should indeed live in our world!
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