A LIFE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

“Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.”       1 John 3:7 NKJV

 

Whenever the Bible warns us not to be deceived, we need to wake up and pay attention. Deception is like a fisherman’s bait: we think we are going to get what we want, a nice juicy meal, but we end up getting hooked and becoming the meal! John plainly spells out the truth: “the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.” The heretics that John is referring to appear to have indulged in the subtly perverse reasoning that somehow you could “be” righteous without necessarily bothering to “practise” righteousness. John flatly denies this. The erroneous thinking that John warns against here is rampant in our day. There is the popular view that there are two options for the Christian life. “Plan A” is for the really committed: you trust Jesus as Saviour and Lord. This is tough. You obey Jesus totally and repent of all your sins. It means giving up the right to spend your money as you choose, because you are fully yielded to Jesus and manage it as His steward. It means following Jesus as His servant. He may call you to go to the mission field or even die as a martyr. If that is too difficult, you may want to try “Plan B”. In this option, you accept Jesus as Saviour, but you don’t need to follow Him as Lord. With this plan, you will still go to heaven when you die. But you can enjoy the pleasures of sin now and at least get in the door of heaven later. But the truth of the Bible, the truth that John emphasizes here is, “There is no Plan B”! If you have been born of God, it will be obvious. The new life in you will produce a life of righteousness.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord Jesus, let Your life in me produce a life of righteousness.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord Jesus, let the reality of me being born again, by Your Holy Spirit, be obvious to those around me. May the new life in me produce a life of righteousness. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

1 Chronicles 28:8-20

 

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