The pursuit of righteousness results in some rich benefits. Knowing the benefits of righteousness should motivate you to better understand it. There are basically two kinds of righteousness, though you could parse Scripture and differentiate even more. The first is the righteousness at salvation as described in 2 Corinthians 5:21: “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” The second is life reflecting God’s righteousness as described in Romans 8:4: “In order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.” Our focus verse refers more to the second and not the first.
Experiencing the fruit of living righteously offers great abundance which gives great reason to prayerfully evaluate how God does this in each person’s life. Your pursuit of righteousness must always be done with the clear awareness that it is not you, but the work of the Holy Spirit in you that produces the righteousness that flows from your life. Here are three things every Christian can do to allow Christ’s righteousness to flourish more in them:
- First and foremost is the righteousness that flows from your pursuit of Christ. Your relationship with Christ will be the filter that takes you into your greatest transformation with Christ. The closer your walk with Christ, the greater His illumination of who you are in Christ. This continued revelation allows you to yield your life to the work of the Holy Spirit in you. A growing relationship with Christ not only reveals sin but empowers your transformation to righteousness.
- Approach every Christian activity to engage and experience God. The following five steps will not only help you experience God as never before but will also help you sustain your devotion and love for Him.
- Ask God to show you one thing to enlarge your life in Christ.
- Ask God to show you where you fall short in that area.
- Ask God to show you what you need to do.
- Journal your application for transformation.
- Pray for God to mold this in your life or to open the door to impart it to another. Pray throughout the day for this to happen.
- Continue to pray for God’s continued work in the applications He has impressed upon your life. Be creative in how you do them. Post it notes, reminders, weekly reviews of that week’s applications, periodic review of the applications you have done for Bible studies, etc. If it was worth spending your time on and God thought it important enough to impress it on your heart, then continue to review and pray about it in the various ways you pray. 1 Corinthians 15:2 reinforces this activity, “By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the Word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.”
Passionately pursue God using these three avenues. Do not allow God’s Word to merely titillate your life in Christ but allow it to be God’s vehicle for transforming your life.
Philippians 3:8-11 “I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ — the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death.”
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