…they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.
Zeal without knowledge is the curse of today’s church.
According to many pastors there is always one more thing you must do to stay afloat in your walk with God. No wonder most Christians are tired!
You have been to so many all night prayer meetings to get God’s attention that you are falling asleep at work. You have been anointed with everything from oil to Pepsi cola. You have jerked and jumped about “coming out of trouble”, but you are still in trouble.
You have put so many holy handkerchiefs under your husband’s pillow that he should be an apostle by now, raising the dead, but instead he is raising hell.
Christians have established their own righteousness; in other words their own beliefs about how to please God, based loosely on the law of Moses (but notice, not strictly) They adhere to the firm belief that relating to God is a two way street: God has a part and they have a part. They believe that if they don’t fulfill their part, their sin of omission will cause them to fall from grace. Not only that but when they see someone else acting immaturely, they are quickly able to point out their mistakes. They become the church police!
Do you recognize this model of church? Has it become ingrained in you ?
Most Christians today are ignorant of God’s righteousness. They have overlooked the fact that New Covenant Christianity is a series of terms for relationship presented to us by a superior covenant partner, who has taken care of every detail of our righteousness and prepared it as a gift for us. Our only choice is to receive or reject the gift.
When we yield to the righteousness of God, we realize that our status remains the same no matter what we do. You may be stealing something, or smoking something and your mind is tripping because you know it’s wrong, but you can still declare, “I am the righteousness of God”. It was never based on you and you cannot tamper with it.
You have a confidence that borders on arrogance based of who you now are and whose you are. Your faith is not in your good works, you have come to faith in Jesus Christ.
Now you can serve the Lord with gladness!