Hearing God’s commands does not make us right before Him. Righteousness is found in doing what is asked, without delay.
What exactly is being asked of us? God calls us to love Him and love people. If we are doing so in word, thought and deed, then we are fulfilling the law.
Righteousness, being right before God, does not come through “earning”, rather it is established by our relationship with our Redeemer, and made evident by the fruit that is produced as our roots are deepened in the soil of our Savior. Our shortcomings are covered by the cross as we earnestly seek Him and keep short accounts – being quick to confess when we stray from the straight path on which we are being led.
The better we know our Beloved, the more compelled we become to honor Him in all that we say and do. We become willing to walk wherever He leads, even when we cannot begin to fathom how we might manage to do as He is asking. Faith and trust pave the road to righteousness. Trusting Him for our everything and having faith that He is able to do exceedingly more than we can imagine on our own, restores our right relationship with our Redeemer.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that righteousness before You comes not by our memorization of Levitical laws, but by running to You and doing as You ask us, Your cherished children. Teach us to love You and love people with our whole heart. May we live lives of love as You are leading, so that others too, may come to know the restoration found in a right relationship with You. Thank You that we are a work in progress, and that it is only by Your gift of grace that we are saved. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present