Closing in on the end of the Easter season, one thought has been with me this entire past weekend…..
“My Rights for His Righteousness”
This may sound simple phonetically. But take a minute to think about what this truly means.
I’ve always been a very opinionated lady. Ever since I was a little girl I remember always being someone who could never really be told what to do. Grant it a lot of scenarios in my life, and the culture we live in, made me take up the “I have the right to do anything” approach to most things. My entire entrance to adulthood reflected that thought approach. I felt like I had the right to do anything and everything that I wanted to do and say what I felt needed to be said. The problem with that though, is that the only person you’re really considering in that mindset is yourself. I’m sure if you look above you will notice all the I’s mentioned. And living in the “I” zone of life will keep us from ever seeing from the Christ perspective.
The further along I got in my journey with Christ I noticed that you can’t exactly hang on to your self-righteousness and live freely in Christ’s righteousness. Our self-righteousness and our need to partake in the so-called rights we have may actually be drawing a line in the sand between us and Christ. Our “rights”, as important as we have made them, are simply vanity in the big scheme of things. They cannot earn us freedom and neither can the self-righteousness we hold so dearly to. I still struggle with keeping the correct mindset in this area. It’s like wrestling a greasy pig, but it’s necessary to practice self-control in this , to God’s glory. Our need to exercise our rights can leave us standing in a sea of bondage and regret. Rights are great until we have to deal with the byproduct of putting them to use. And the heart of it is pride, which is the opposite of what the Holy Spirit is working to produce in us. Humility is just not so easy to walk out when we are engulfed in self-seeking.
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” Galatians 5:16-18 ESV
Humility. So not natural to us. Something virtually impossible to pull off without the work of the Holy Spirit in us. Our flesh loves to have its own way and is constantly looking out for self. Completely counter productive to Christ’s purposes for us. So in response to Christ’s calling for us to Love, we must make the choice to trade our rights for His Righteousness.
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. “
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ESV
Trading Our opinions for His Righteousness.
Our way for His Righteousness.
Our feelings for His Righteousness.
Our wants for His Righteousness.
Our pride for His Righteousness.
The way we show Christ’s love best is by choosing Him in all things. Choosing Him in our responses and in our motives. The righteousness gifted us is worth so much more than the lie of liberty that rests in our rights. There is true freedom in the security of Christ.
Lord today I choose to surrender my rights for Your righteousness. Help me Lord to release my grip. In Jesus name Amen!