Righteousness vs. Rightness

Righteousness vs. RightnessWhen the primary focus of Righteousness becomes Rightness, we’ve lost our way.  You see, there is actually some major differences between the two.  Only one leads to real Salvation.

Righteousness does include the idea of right standing.  In other words, we receive right standing with God through Jesus Christ because the barrier of sin’s penalty has been removed.  However…

Being Right

Far too many Christians have become “reductionist” on the subject of righteousness.   The result is that it has become more important to “be right” than be righteous.

Being Righteous

Jesus taught that the most important priority in life was to learn and exemplify one’s citizenship in God’s Kingdom by bringing the “acts of righteousness” to their sphere of influence in the earth.

Righteousness Is About Right Actions

Being right is about specific opinions as to what is right according to one’s own interpretation of the Scriptures.  Being righteous is about the personal actions that exemplify God’s righteousness.  God’s righteousness is not static.  It’s active.  God’s righteousness in the famous passage about “Seeking first the Kingdom of God AND His Righteousness, is an unswerving active commitment to making things right…as they are in heaven.

Righteousness = Justice

Many people don’t realize that the word righteousness can also be translated with the word, Justice.  In other words, a commitment to making circumstances Just/Right for individuals.

The word/power/virtue known as God’s RIGHTEOUSNESS is a diamond with many brilliant facets.

What’s Important?

Having right standing (position) with God is important, of course.  But, being righteous as a point of action that mirrors God’s righteousness is most important if Christians wish to make a Kingdom of God impact in the earth.

Being right has power.  Unfortunately it’s power is most often demonstrated as a human sword that divides relationships.  And, that is clearly not right in God’s eyes.

Being righteous has the power to bring to bear the character and quality of God’s Kingdom in one’s environment and sphere of influence.  It’s often the “harder” way that often takes a great deal of faith and patience, but it has the power to actually change things for the good.

Choose Righteousness over Rightness today.  The fruit of “Rightness” is too often bitter or flavorless.  Whereas the fruits of Righteousness is sweet and full of flavor.

Gary

Perseverance Your Friend by Gary Ellis

I love the way the Lord can get messages to me through dreams.  I had one last night that encouraged me, and also has an encouraging message for you.

In the dream I owned a trained bulldog.  He/she was friendly and very disciplined.  I was demonstrating something my dog could do.  I pointed to a wristwatch that was laying on the floor in front of me.  When I told my dog to fetch it, he/she quickly went to the watch and picked it up.  I then said, “Bring it to me.”  Just as quickly my dog brought the watch back to me.

I asked the Lord to interpret the dream for me:  The wristwatch = my time.  My dog = trained perseverance.

My dog was trained and friendly.  One other thing to mention are the questions that have been on my mind of late.  Am I using it wisely and effectively?  May I be missing something that could reap even better results?  <An important question to ask ourselves in dream interpretation is, “What’s been on my mind?  What area has been a concern to me?>

In brief, the Lord was speaking to me through the symbols of dream language.  He was encouraging me that trained perseverance is my friend.  It will result in desired rewards.

The message is true for all of us.  You may be facing testing circumstances.  Training ourselves to rely on His Spirit (the Master trainer) to persevere in times of trial will bring Godly results. 

Don’t panic!  Persevere on the road of righteousness in Christ!  And, remember that perseverance isn’t the fruit of self effort, and self determination.  That’s what so many sincere people try to do.  The words, “I must try harder” is too often our response to struggle.  As Jesus said in John 15, “Without Me you can do nothing.”  Perseverance is a fruit of the Spirit.  It’s a result of His work in your life.  Sometimes, trials are His training camp.  It’s the only way He can build our “perseverance muscle.”

Don’t curse the trial.  Don’t try harder.  Say, “Jesus this is another opportunity for You and me to walk this thing out.  Guide me to your ways to respond.”

Perseverance is your friend!

Gary