Chain Reaction | Devotion #6: Gospel of Righteousness
James Clouse | Student Pastor
There is an old country song that I have always loved to listen to called “A Father’s Love” by George Strait. In this song, Strait talks about growing up and his dad telling him that, no matter what, that daddies love will never end. The song goes on to talk about dying and coming before the gates to Heaven. He gets worried and thinks that he was not good enough to get into Heaven. Then God says that no matter what that God always loves His children.
This song is great but misses something. It misses the responsibility that we, as God’s children, have for the Father. While true that God always loves His children, as God’s children we need to come before Him to seek the forgiveness that He is willing to give. That is the amazing thing about our Father, that He is willing to forgive when we ask. We do not always have to worry if we are good enough to get into Heaven.
Psalm 32:1 says, “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” It is so interesting that David wrote this hundreds of years before Jesus even came to Earth. Jesus’ blood has covered up our transgressions, and all we need to do is recognize the free gift that God has offered.
There is a chain reaction in the gift that God has given. By God offering His Son to the world by dying on the cross, we now have the opportunity of coming before the gates of Heaven and not having to worry about getting in or not based on our transgressions.
Romans 5:1-2 says, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
By faith in Christ and what he has done for us, we are made righteous before God. We have been justified by faith in Jesus, and God can now look at us and not see our sin but rather see His Son’s blood that has been shed for you and me.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
You do not have to go through this world wondering if you are good enough for your Father. Jesus already has done that for you. Our “Daddy” loved us so much that we do not have to be looking over our shoulders all the time wondering if we have done enough good. We have been saved through faith in Jesus Christ. So when we come before those gates, our Father can say that He loved us that much.