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Romans 9:30-32 – Right when I’m wrong.

Here is the revelation that is shaping my life today- my performance does not shape me for God’s love, His love shapes my rightness.

Romans 9:30-32 NLT

Even though the Gentiles were not trying to follow God’s standards, they were made right with God. And it was by faith that this took place. [31] But the people of Israel, who tried so hard to get right with God by keeping the law, never succeeded. [32] Why not? Because they were trying to get right with God by keeping the law instead of by trusting in him.

 

Observation

Can it be any more obvious – It’s not about meeting the standards. Religion is man’s standards that must be met in order to be right with God. But God burned the standards book in Jesus and just made everyone right with Him by Jesus plus nothing we do. It’s all about trusting what has been done, instead of trying to do what’s impossible to do, meet the standards. You will never succeed in being made right with God by trying to meet some set of standards. Why it is that so many people still act this way, believe this story, is understandable given it’s how the world works, but God does not work this way and says it clearly. It is by faith, it is by trusting in Him, this is the only way to rightness.

 

So many reject their God-gifted rightness when they fail to meet God’s standards, the life He intends. They neglect that rightness never comes through right behaviour, life comes through right behaviour. Not as a reward from God for good works, but as a consequence of good works. The seeds of life and death are in the actions. God does not reward, he places the seeds of life in His ways, and opposing His ways releases the seeds of death. Your right relationship is not connected to your good performance in the slightest way, but your right to live an abundant life is. We must be able to unpack the difference between citizenship in the Kingdom of God and citizen life. Citizenship is based in what Jesus has done, citizen life is gifted to us when we choose to release it through living in the Kingdom ways. You never lose your relationship, never, but you can not live in the fullness of the life it enables.

 


Application

I will live in this incredible freedom of rightness with God. I will understand that my choices matter in terms of the life they release, but I will never fall into the trap of believing my righteousness is in any way connected. I will put my faith and trust in what has happened in Jesus and not bring any further attempts to make myself good.

 


Response

Thank you for the way you shape my life. Firstly right with you – then invited into abundance in you. Your life flows from relationship and intimacy so thank you for making me always right for intimacy. Your love goes before my actions, making me always postured and right to be loved. Thank you, I am blessed.

 


Meditation

Meditation truth – righteousness is in Jesus plus nothing.

Consider

How often do I reject my rightness with God because I judge my wrongness?

How deeper do you experience the love of God when in the midst of your poor performance you come and find His welcome and love extended to you?


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