1-30-17 God Makes us Righteous Ecc 7:20
I often say that, in order to truly be grateful for the light of our salvation, one must really understand the depth of our darkness. Listen to God’s Word:
“Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.” Ecc 7:20 NIV
No one is righteous. This is not God trying to make us feel bad about ourselves. He is not attempting to shame us. He certainly does not want us to feel guilty and worthless. God loves us! What this verse is simply stating is a deep truth about the fallen human nature. God does not want us to be ignorant of our broken condition. He wants us to know the truth so we will turn to Him, our only Hope for salvation.
No one does what is right. If we are at all honest with ourselves, before we knew Christ, we thought we did not need God in order to be good people. The truth is, even the “good” things we used to do were tainted by our MMI fallen nature. When we did a good deed, some part of us was looking for recognition. When we did the right thing, some part of us was looking for a payoff. When we did act right, some part of us may have even thought we were earning some brownie points with God. The Bible puts it this way, my Friends: “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags”. (Isa 64:6a NIV) Did you get that? All our righteous deeds were garbage! Even when we truly wanted to help others, there was always a self-centered motivation for doing what we did, which made what we were doing, not right.
No one never sins. Before we turned our lives over to Jesus, everything we did was sinful because we were “the god” of our lives; we were living in disobedience to God. The Bible calls us “enemies” of God. (Ro 5:10) But even after we came to know Jesus as Lord, we still mess up! This is part of the learning and growing process, of course. While God never condones our sins, He understands that children will be disobedient from time to time. This is why Grace is so very precious to believers. Not only did God’s Grace wipe away all our past sin, but it continues to clean us as we come to Christ and ask for forgiveness. We must live by Grace because, as this verse clearly says, no one is righteous, no one does what is right and no one never sins.
The more we understand how desperate we are apart from God, the more we will cherish His forgiving Grace. As we see the darkness of our fallen hearts, we will long for the sweet light of salvation to shine in and through us each and every day. This is the balance: we must never forget who we were apart from Jesus- unrighteous, sinful and doomed to eternal separation from God and all that is good- but we must always remember WHO we now are in Christ- freed, redeemed and headed for an eternity in Paradise with God forevermore. The first will keep us from becoming prideful, but the second will help us live bold lives, glorifying the God Who gives us His own Righteousness. It is when I remember these truths that I connect in gratitude with my God, and together, we do incredible things. Want that? Then won’t you join me?
Until we meet again, keep lifting your eyes to God, He’s closer than you think…
<>< Peace, Diane
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