Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, September 15th, 2017
Name Tags: You Are... (Part 77)
Righteous In Christ
For He made Him Who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV)
For the Eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His Ears are open to their prayers.
1 Peter 3:12 (NKJV)
Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.

Matthew 13:43 (NKJV)
I can't count the mean arguments I've had based on my certainty of being right. The subject matter varied with the times, but I was passionately positive I was right and the other person wrong.

At the ripening age of 62, I can now say with far more certainty: no one on earth is absolutely right (at least not since Jesus, the Man, went home). Also, no one ever wins stupid fights. Selfish debaters leave empty-hearted.

But now I'm counted in the kin of Christ, and He lets me share in His righteousness. It's a Robe that's clean and comfortable, and It's nothing like proud professing (been there, done that... and there's no good in it).

Here's my take: The greater the intellect, the greater the need for humility.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Consider how righteousness in Christ differs from worldly struts and sureness:

* It abstains from human arguments and allows God to settle debates.
* It submits to wrongful debasement, knowing that God exalts the humble.
* It doesn't want the applause of men, but only Heaven's celebration.
* It avoids religious division and embraces unity in Christ.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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