Trust in Righteousness
James 2:10 (NIV®)
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
We have all seen Christians work hard to follow a set of self-imposed rules in order to achieve their standard for righteousness. One thing I’ve learned about religious rules is that my rules make sense and yours don’t! We all have a rationale for our rules, but we look at someone else’s and think, “Why would anyone think that?” But no matter our particular list, our rules only serve to make us aware that we can’t keep them, no matter how hard we try. Believers are made righteous only through the death of Christ for our sins. This righteousness is God’s gift to us, and we must learn to trust Him in that. Trust is a learned response that is developed over time, and the same is true for trust in God. It’s a seed that is planted, nurtured, and grows stronger as we witness His faithfulness in our lives.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the cross. I choose today to trust in You. As I make that commitment I ask you to nurture and grow the trust that I have today into something stronger. Use my life to further Your purposes in the earth. May your Kingdom come and your will be done. In Jesus’ name, amen.