It is always good to be reminded of who we are in Christ, especially when we find ourselves living in a world filled with chaos and confusion. Over the next 23 days I will be sharing the devotions from my book, “In Christ Alone”. Each devotion is designed to help us look to Christ for our identity in the midst of a myriad of sources trying to define who we are.
Here is day ten with an important reminder that in Christ you, and those around you, have been declared righteous.
I Am Declared Righteous
“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 (NIV)
How often are you right? How often do you think you are right? Is there a different answer to those two questions? What does it take for you to admit that you are wrong about something? How hard is it to take back the wrong you’ve committed against someone? What if that wrong was done against God? Is there a way you can make it right?
As much as we would like to be right about everything, the truth is there is no one who is right all the time, no not one! Because of our sin, all of our good deeds and right living will never be enough to make us right with God. That is why a very important part of our identity in Christ is that we are declared righteous! As you pray, acknowledge your sin and wrongdoing while thanking God that Jesus was willing to take on your sin so that you could be declared righteous in Christ. Pray that your life would reflect the righteousness that God has given you. Pray that the people around you would see in you a righteousness that far exceeds any trace of goodness you may think you have.