Can You SEE what God is saying?
22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. (Ephesians 4:22-24 New American Standard Bible)
There are two aspects of being righteous. First, you must become righteous by accepting Jesus as the Lord of your life. Righteous is your new status in Christ Jesus which gives us right standing with God. No guilt. No shame. No barriers between you and God. Then there is righteousness. Righteousness is the corresponding conduct of the righteous. I can never state the following statement enough: God did not save you to live the same way you did before you accepted the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Accepting Jesus as your Lord means you yield your life, lifestyle, and life goals to God and His Word. If you are living the same way you lived BEFORE you were made brand NEW, you are living beneath your rank and privilege in God’s Family.
Consider the following scripture in the following translations:
Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. 1 Corinthians 15:34 (NKJV)
Come back to your right senses and stop your sinful ways. I declare to your shame that some of you do not know God. 1 Corinthians 15:34 Good News Translation (GNT)
The word awake in the first passage gives the impression of someone being asleep. The phrase come back to your right senses indicates a state of delusion. We cannot allow ourselves to fall asleep or drift into a state of delusion when it comes to righteousness or right living. Remaining sinful or continuing to sin is proof we do not know God.
Think of this: Would we accept a teacher in the classroom that did not teach or a server in a restaurant that did not serve? What about a vehicle mechanic that did not fix cars? However it seems that when it comes to Christianity, any conduct or activity is considered acceptable. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
The past is referred to as “former manner of life” and “old self” Your present state is referred to as “renewed” and “the new self” Once you become a Christian it’s your responsibility to conform to the “new self” and be “renewed” in your thinking.
You are the secondary catalyst to a transformed life. Jesus has done what you could not do (save you from the nature of sin), now you must do the part He will not do (change your thinking and actions).
Make this declaration of faith today:
I AM righteous and I live righteously. My conduct always pleases God!!
Today, SEE yourself as RIGHTEOUS!!