“The Good News shows how God makes people right with himself” (Romans 1:17 NCV).
I once looked it up in a theological dictionary, and there were 27 pages on the definition! But I’ll boil it down to two words: Righteousness is a relationship and a lifestyle.
Righteousness simply means being right with God. Romans 1:17 says, “The Good News shows how God makes people right with himself” (NCV). The Good News is that God made us right with himself through Jesus’ death as a payment for our sins. Because of Jesus’ death, we can have a personal relationship with God.
Righteousness is also a lifestyle. It means living right as God intends. The Bible says in 1 John 2:29, “All who practice righteousness are God’s true children” (The Message).
So why should you care about being right with God? Because it’s the only way to live, and it’s the only way to heaven.
When you are disconnected from God, you’re not really living; you just exist. Most people in the world aren’t really fully alive. They just exist, trying to make it to the weekend. But to be disconnected from your Creator is nonsense.
Life is not about the acquisition of things or the achievement of goals. Life is about getting to know God—the one who loves you and made you for a purpose. You’re not really living until you’re right with God and have a relationship with him.
Righteousness is also the way you get to heaven. God created heaven as a place for his children that he loves, and he wants you to be with him forever. He wants you to be in heaven, but he’s not going to force you to go to heaven. You can choose to be disconnected from God here on Earth, but when your life on Earth is done, you will not have a second chance to choose where you spend eternity.
You can’t blame God, because he gives you the choice right now to have a relationship with him. He wants you to choose to love him! And when you do, you will be made right with him. It will change your life, here on Earth and for eternity!
Who’s the Boss?
Your boss is not really your boss; your boss is Jesus.
There are two things I want you to see in our verses today.
First, it says, “Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” (Colossians 3:23 NLT) It’s easier to be enthusiastic about your job when you turn the focus of your work from “I’m doing this for my boss” or “I’m doing this for a paycheck” to “I’m doing this for the Lord,” With that in mind you can do anything – scrape paint, wash dishes, repair a car – and turn it into worship.
Second, when you turn your work into worship, you start storing up credits in heaven. Colossians 3:24 says, “Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and the Master you are serving is Christ.” (Colossians 3:24 NLT) As you work for God, you are making eternal deposits in heaven.
“So whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV) It doesn’t matter if you’re rearranging papers or signing bills, any job can become an act of worship if you do it enthusiastically for God.