Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Day Thirteen : Make it Shine (Breastplate of Righteousness)

It doesn’t help to get given a breastplate, and leave it lying in your tent at camp.  In the same way, we can’t accept righteousness, and then not put it on each day.  We need to keep it on, and keep it well oiled and shined.

We need to be seeking righteousness every day, even though we know we can not earn it.

Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” (Galatians 3:6)

Abraham was held to be righteous, not because he was, but because his faith in God allowed God to make him so.  He put on the righteousness daily, by walking with God.

We need to be shining our armour everyday.  Not because we can make it any stronger, but because not doing so will cause it to rust and weaken.

In the same way we need to work on living lives worthy of our righteousness.  Not so that we can earn it, but if our lives do not reflect the righteousness to which we have been called, we will weaken it.

It is harder to say “I am righteous!” in a loud clear voice when you know there are things you are doing wrong.  It tarnishes our righteousness.  It doesn’t take it away, it just makes it harder for the world (and us) to see it.

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