“…who through faith ….worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions” (Hebrews 11:33).
We read in chapter 11 of the book of Hebrews about how the saints of the New Testament did precious, great things through faith. Firstly they won the kingdoms. Not only that. They worked righteousness through faith.
You have been called to work the righteousness of God. Your speech and deeds should make righteousness functional. Yes. Our God is righteous. He expects justice and judgment from you. Generally, the faith and work should be integrated with each other. Without work faith becomes useless. “…faith without works is dead” (James 2:20).
Take electricity for example. If it is kept idle, it will be of no use to anybody. When it is put to use, lights are glowing, fans are turned on and heavy machinery begin to function.
The saints who implemented faith worked righteousness. Jacob the Apostle writes “What does it profit, my brethren if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:14, 17).
Let our works be the ones which work righteousness. Let our works be the ones which glorify God of righteousness. “The Lord – our righteousness” (Jeremiah 23:6). Our Lord God will make you righteous by giving His righteousness to you. Yes. You can receive the righteousness from Him through faith; you will practise righteousness in your life.
If God had not been righteous towards you, what would have been your stage? How to work the righteous deeds of God in this world of unrighteousness? The prophet Isaiah says “…all our righteousness are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). Job the devotee asks “….how can a man be righteous before God?” (Job 9:2). “And he who is born of a woman, that he could be righteous?” (Job 15:14) “Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:20). “There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands” (Romans 3:10. 11).
Dear children of God, if you fail to believe that Christ has made you righteous, indeed the guilty conscientiousness will plague you. Indeed the burdens of sins will keep on pressing you. So, be faithful to God accepting the divine righteousness which Christ earned on the Cross.
To meditate: “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (II Corinthians 5:21).