This Year, Live By The Beatitudes (4)

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.”            Matthew 5:6 NKJV

This beatitude connects two mistakes we make when it comes to our salvation.  The first: that it’s all about believing.  The second: that it’s all about behaving.  Actually, it’s about both!  The new birth brings: (1) A position of righteousness.  If you stacked up all your good works until they were as big as a mountain, you’d still come up short of the payment required to get into heaven.  That’s true before you become a Christian, and it’s true after you become one.  If you saw the movie The Passion of the Christ and thought, “Why did He have to dies such a death?”, here’s the answer: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21 NIV).

The moment you accept Jesus as your Savior you become ‘righteous” in God’s eyes.  Awesome!  (2) A condition of righteousness.  “Count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God” (Rom. 6:11 NIV).  Salvation is not just a position of righteousness you hold before God, but a condition of righteousness you live out before others every day.  How do you do that?  By valuing God’s will more than your own (See Pr. 3:5).  By seeking to display the character qualities of Christ as described in Scripture:  “Love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness [and] self-control” (Gal. 5:22-23 NAS).  You say, “That’s a tall order!”  Yes, but we are not left to do it alone: “As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him” (2 Cor. 3:18 TLB).

 

This message taken from: Daily Devotional – The Word For You Today