For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if those who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified; for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation. Romans 13:14-15
Its been God’s plan that we would be saved by His grace, not our works (keeping of the law). Trying to keep the law is like trying to walk a mile on a treadmill, tiring but you don’t get anywhere! The apostle Paul informs of this by referring to the father of our faith, Abraham. What did Abraham do to be right with God? He believed! And it was credited to him as ‘righteousness’ = fulfillment of the law. I wonder how many people are trying to balance the scales of justice in their favor by outdoing their sin with good deeds, a moral life, or keeping a set of rules. All the while, God has made a way for us be declared righteous based on faith and trust in Jesus who lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death on our behalf and has been raised for our justification. Its time to get on the grace plan and off the treadmill of works righteousness.
Am I relying on Jesus’ righteousness or my own? Is the good I do motivated by a response to God’s love in my heart or a guilt to justify myself before a holy God?
Lord Jesus, I trust in You and You alone. How useless to try and save myself by myself. Thank you for imputed righteousness. May I walk in love today, doing good because You live in me. Would you please continue to work in the lives of my family and friends bringing healing, provision, and blessing. Let me see the world through Your eyes today as I reach out and love people one at a time.