God has called us to be righteous.It stands in the word that righteousness and justice is the foundation of His thrown. We are called to be a righteous nation, in Proverbs 14 : 34 it says, righteousness exalts a nation. If God is in us then righteousness lives inside of us, now that He lives in us, we should start acting like it, it should not stop us to strive to become just like Jesus. Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. There is a blessing in being righteous. For if you walk in righteousness God will pour His blessing down on you. Let’s just look at two major examples of righteousness. Two men who God found righteous. Noah, in His whole generation, and that generation did not only exist of a few people, but of thousands. God only saw one person to be righteous in front of Him, Noah. Genesis 7: 1, Then the Lord said to Noah, Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation. This is a big deal. God could only find one man that would be faithful towards Him. Among thousands of people only one was good enough. What about Abraham. God chose him to be the father of many nations. Why Abraham? Genesis 15: 6 And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness. God chose Abraham, because he was righteous before God. These are only two examples of two great men who made a mayor impact in our existence. Men that teach us how we should react towards God’s instruction.
What is the meaning of the word righteousness? It is an attribute that implies that a person’s actions are justified and can have the connotation that the person has been “judged” or “reckoned” as leading a life that is pleasing to God. If you look at your life, does it proclaim righteousness? Can God look at you and say I choose you, for I see you are righteous. Can He trust you to do His work? Proverbs 21:21 says, “He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor. Another verse that is difficult to hear, but hey it is the word and we should react towards it. 1 John 3:10 Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God. This is hectic people, don’t justify it with clever words, this is the word of God, God chose to add this specific part for a reason, for us to act on it. We should be righteous for God, our lives should be a example of righteousness. This is part of our armor, the breastplate of righteousness, we carry it, we use it against the enemy, we fight with righteousness how amazing is that. Isaiah prophesied about when Jesus came down from His thrown to become man,that righteousness shall be the belt of His loins. This is so significant, when I read the Bible it hits me from all angles, no matter where I read in the scriptures there would be a trace of righteousness.
What is the goal? To follow in God’s footsteps. To follow His example and His word, to be a righteous follower so that God can look at me and say, I choose you to go and do my work, for you are righteous among the nations. So ask yourselves, am I righteous before God? Do I hunger and thirst after righteousness?
* Glory to God for His perfect righteousness.