Do you ever think of the things that makes one righteous?
Starting with Adam and Eve, humanity has dealt with that question. What pleases God? What is that thing that brings God’s favor? Along the way humanity learned about fait- like Abraham, we learned about obedience and trying to please God. And then things got complicated. Faith and obedience turned in to law, into rules that become more important than the very act of worship. And this law started governing the way we relate to God. Along the way this law became a yoke, a burden that brought a sense of condemnation, a idea of an angry God that needs to be pleased. Something that was meant to help people come to God became a barrier, a block for many to come to their Father.
Paul points out that no one, jew or gentile. will be made righteous by their own work, because no one can satisfy the law. This concept comes in part from looking at the inability to be absolved of the guilt that came as a result of the sin that began ruling our lives. It is at this point that Paul points out that all these things like guilt, or the sense of condemnation are vehicles through which we learn about who God really is. Without the law, we would not really understand what Christ has done for us.
Today’s text is about reminding each one of us that, we have been forgiven much, and much has been given to each one of us. In Christ, we become forgiven, redeemed absolved of the things that the law brought; in Christ we are a new creation.
I pray that today if you are still struggling of understanding who you are, if the guilt and the burden of your sin is still wearing you down, you can pause and remember that you cannot do it alone, no matter how much you try. Pause for a moment and think of Christ’s sacrifice, of a Father that is reaching out to you, and wants you to accept his call to come back.
I pray that you will find a new freedom in Christ, freedom from guilt and condemnation, and because of that you can get close to God, worship and serve God freely and full of joy.