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There is no “coasting along” in God’s reign (Kingdom). God has given us talents.

God’s goal: God expects us to live the life He has given us. He expects us to put our all into everything we do for him. In God’s world, a shabby performance brings shabby rewards.

May I give God my all today. May I live my life well.

The way of Yahweh [the Lord] is a stronghold to the blameless, but destruction to evildoers.

English Standard Version. (2016). (Proverbs 10:29). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

The bad news is that true and perfect righteousness is not possible for man to attain on his own; the standard is simply too high.

The good news is that true righteousness is possible for mankind, but only through the cleansing of sin by Jesus the Messiah and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

  • We have no ability to achieve righteousness in and of ourselves.
  • But disciples of Jesus possess the righteousness of the Messiah, because “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
  • This is an amazing truth. On the cross, Jesus exchanged our sin for His perfect righteousness so that we can one day stand before God and He will see not our sin, but the holy righteousness of the Master Jesus.

This means that we are made righteous in the sight of God; that is, that we are accepted as righteous and treated as righteous by God on account of what the Master Jesus has done. He was made sin; we are made righteousness. On the cross, Jesus was treated as if He were a sinner, though He was perfectly holy and pure, and we are treated as if we were righteous, though we are defiled and depraved.

Because of what the Master Jesus has endured on our behalf, we are treated as if we had entirely fulfilled the Law of God and had never become exposed to its penalty. We have received this precious gift of righteousness from the God of all mercy and grace. To Him be the glory!