In economics I was taught that there is no such thing as a free meal.
As people, we can so often be suspicious of things that are free. “What’s the catch?” We ask ourselves. It can’t be that good anyway. We find it hard to believe that anything worth having is free.
And yet, knowing God personally, the greatest gift we could ever have, is free. We literally have to do nothing to get it. God gives it to us, for free, all we have to do is open our hands and hearts and accept it.
When we do that, all the bad things inside of us are washed away, and we are made right with God. We are made righteous. This is not something we deserve, it is not something we can earn, and yet it is something God decides to give to us, for free. All we have to do is put our lives in his hands, in the hands of our creator, who really knows what is best for us.
And yet so many people fail to do this. They cannot believe that this gift can possibly be free. They spend their lives trying to earn it. They strain and strain trying to earn God’s love, if only they are good enough.
If I’m nice God will love me. If I’m kind and helpful; if I never swear, or gossip or even think bad thoughts; if I never get jealous or annoyed or frustrated; if I never cheat or lie; if I am truly good: then God will love me.
This is impossible.
We cannot make God love us on our own. We cannot make ourselves right with God.
Only Jesus can do that. When he was nailed to that cross, all of our badness was nailed right there with him. When he was nailed to that cross we were made right with God.
Do you really think that God would have made his son do that if there was any chance that we could have made ourselves right with him, on our own?
The truth is, we cannot save ourselves. No matter how hard we try.
Please share any thoughts you have on the subject of Righteousness.