Ephesians 2:8-9 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
The Chinese character for ‘righteousness’ is a combination of 2 characters – ‘lamb’ over ‘me’.
To me, this screams of God’s sovereignty. It’s the pure definition of where our righteousness comes from. It describes our salvation concisely.
The intentionality of God amazes me. His perfection is awe-inspiring.
Yesterday I found my emotions trying to take charge. For some reason I got offended by a key truth when worded differently – “Faith is not a work” (deduced from today’s verse). The heaviness of my feeling was burdensome. Sure, the gospel is offensive to the lost, but to me – a Christian – No way! For Christ came to set us free!
Knowing my feelings were wrong, I turned to the Lord. He revealed the underlying issue – That tiny blemish of a thought that I was in some way responsible for my awesome faith. He cleansed me as I confessed to Him. He also reminded me how He lead me in prayer to be emptied of myself. Accordingly, this gut-wrenching bump in the road didn’t seem so surprising.
As the Chinese character illustrates, righteousness is not of ourselves. It is by the blood of the Lamb of God covering us.
How amazing! God is in sovereign control over languages, nations that rise and fall, and every situation. And most definitely, He is in sovereign control over our sanctification process.
I’m thankful He’s so faithful to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Lord, thank-you for Your grace! You lavished love on as as You poured yourself out, so that we might live. Lord, empty us of ourselves, and fill us with Yourself. ~Amen
I’d like to share this poem found about the Chinese Character, “Righteousness”:
“When God looks down from Heaven
He does not see me –
God sees His Son, The Lamb of God
who died for me.” – Billy Graham
For more on God’s Righteousness see Not By Works