Friday, May 20, 2011

Transformation In Righteousness

Psalm 1

I used to work as a school secretary before we moved to New York.  I loved my job because every moment of every day was different and new.  Another reason I loved the job was because I have a passion for education and it was very interesting to me to see the creativity of the teachers I worked with in action.  The Kindergarten teacher had a tradition each spring with butterflies.  She would order a few chrysalises so that her students could watch a transformation take place before their eyes.  Since she ordered more than one or two, her students were very likely to have an opportunity to see at least one of the butterflies come out of their chrysalis.  It truly is an amazing thing to see how God's creation works.  It amazes me to think that those beautiful and gentile butterflies used to be a big, fuzzy caterpillar.  When we believe in the transforming power of Christ's sacrifice and resurrection, we get to have a spiritual transformation.  Today, I am focusing on the amazing things that happens to us when we are covered in Christ's righteousness.

Please look up Psalm 1 and see what God says about the person who delights in God's law.  We are not bound by the law because of Christ; however, we can still delight in the law because we know that we are pleasing God.  When we listen to God instead of the world, God says we are like trees planted along the river bearing fruit each season.  That gives me such a wonderful visual!  The trees that are planted near a river are big, strong trees because they never lack for nutrients and water.  Verse 6 tells us that "the Lord watches over the ways of the righteous."  When we are doing what God wants us to do, we are promised that He watches over us.

Please look up Isaiah 61:1-3, which is one of my favorite scriptures.  Verse three once again gives us a word picture similar to Psalm 1, "They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor."  I really like the way oaks of righteousness sounds because it makes me picture a tall, strong tree that has withstood storms.  The oaks of righteousness are planted to display God's glory.  When we people see the transformation that has happened in our lives because of God, He gets the glory.  He transforms our ugly messes into things of beauty.

One more section of scripture to look at for today is James 3:17-18.  These verses tell us that peacemakers who sow in peace will reap a harvest of righteousness.  When we are doing the work God wants us to do with a spirit of peace, we will harvest righteousness.  What beautiful promises God has given us about righteousness!  Let's don the body armor of God's righteousness each and every day!  Philippians 3:9 tells us that the righteousness that comes from Christ is far better than anything we can do on our own.

Stand firm in the promises God has given us!

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