It's Okay to be Righteous
By Levi Tackett
It's okay to be righteous. I know it kinda sounds like a no-brainer to say to Christians; it's not wrong to feel like they are doing the right thing. Truthfully, it could be interpreted as an arrogant attitude by most traditionally religious people. If you truly look into the heart of what a righteous God we serve, when we are reborn into His family, His righteousness becomes ours, along with all of the blessings and authority. To say we are not worthy to be righteous is saying that Jesus didn't do enough on the cross to cover my unrighteousness. That's saying that Jesus wasn't enough! If we really believe Jesus paid for it all, then why are we going around with our heads low? We have become like Jesus when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. You have the ability—and more importantly—the right to hold your head up high and claim what God has for you.
“How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.” Ephesians 1:3-6 MSG
That sounds like a God that thought of every possible need, failure, short-coming, and desire His children could possibly have. That sounds like a God who loves us. That sounds like a God who wants us to be righteous like Him. That is my God who paid the price of admission for me not only to go to heaven but to have heaven on earth. It's not being greedy or selfish to desire all of the blessings of God. We just read in Ephesians that He established everything we need before He ever laid the foundation of the earth. Before God ever created this rock, we were living on; He had us in mind. It's okay to feel special, because God thinks you are special. You are the apple of His eye and the desire of His heart. Don't let the outside world and the chains of religion and tradition, keep you from obtaining the knowledge of how much God thinks of you. You have the freedom to be righteous because Jesus paid for it