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A Filter of Righteousness

Philippians 3:1-11

Verse 9 …and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.

We have talked about being found in Him but there is a specific thing we have to remember about being found in Him.

Here is that tight rope we have talked about before. Being found in Christ means that we are seen as righteous when God looks at us. Of course this is not of our own doing. It can’t be as we could never obey the law enough to make so. No amount of walking in obedience to the law will ever make us pure enough to be welcomed into God’s holy presence. We are to walk in obedience but that doesn’t make us righteous.

To be found in Christ doesn’t mean that we are super Christians, living perfectly in every situation. That is not possible even for the best Christian among us. To live perfectly would mean that we never did anything, ANYTHING that displeased God. There would be no snide comments, no less than gracious speech, no selfishness, no untruths or partial truths. It would also mean that we wouldn’t think of a snide comment or words that are ungodly. Nor would we think about how we wished someone would do something that we want instead of what they want. Our thoughts would never be filthy and we would never think of a person in a lustful manner.

The list of unrighteousness could go on and on but the point is made. As much as we may try to be righteous for God we could never be perfect in His sight on our own. Keeping the law, letter by letter, as the Pharisees did, didn’t bring them to a place of right standing with God. In fact it was the way they did everything they could to follow the law, even going so far as to write other laws so that there could be no doubt that they were keeping God’s laws, that brought them the biggest rebukes from Jesus.

We need to be found in Christ because it is only by His obedience that we can be found righteous. Only His purity will provide the cleansing that we need. His obedience allowed Him to be the perfect lamb, the perfect sacrifice to allow us to be considered righteous. Oh that we be found in Him!

Making It Personal

Do you struggle with the tight rope walk of obeying but not feeling that obedience is earning you favor with God? Does your obedience reflect your love of God? Where does your obedience need improvement?

Making It Personal Kids

Why does Jesus want you to obey? Can obeying every rule make Jesus love you more? Why should you obey Him?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for making a way for us to be viewed as righteous in Your eyes. Thank You for Your plan to redeem us. Give us the desire to always be found in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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