Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. (Ezek 18:30b)
I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me! 14 I was on the verge of total ruin, in the midst of the assembly and congregation. (Pro 5:13-14)
The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked, overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness. (Pro 21:12)
A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it, and a flattering mouth works ruin. (Pro 26:28)
These verses from the Bible demonstrate to mankind that sin (iniquity, transgression, wickedness) brings about the devastation and destruction of a person’s life. Continuous unrelenting sin can wreck homes, relationships, health (mental, physical, spiritual) as well as financial stability.
Whereas the blessings for righteous living can be found throughout the Scriptures. Here are a handful of those blessings:
- Stability and ever increasing strength (Job 17:9)
- God defends the righteous and surrounds them with His favor (Ps 5:11-12)
- Long life; God hears the prayer of the righteous; grants deliverance from trouble; and the Lord guards their very bones. (Ps 34:12-20)
- Deliverance from death, and the upright will never be allowed to famish. (Pro 10:2-3) Famish means: to suffer for lack of something necessary (essential for life).
Those who have made Jesus Christ their Savior and Lord are made righteous in Christ (Ro 1:17; 4:5; 10:4; 1 Cor 1:30; 2 Cor 5:21) and are entitled to all of the blessings of the righteous. We are also privileged to obey and to live according to the moral teachings of Jesus Christ, our Savior.
But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. (Mt 11:8)
When the messengers of John had departed, He began to speak to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? (Lk 7:24)
Jesus talked about a “reed shaken by the wind” because in Bible days, reeds grew similar to sugar cane. The reeds bowed nearly to the ground during the hot daytime. At night, thanks to the cool breeze of the Mediterranean, the reeds would stand up again. This singularity was a crowd-gathering event. Groups of people came out to see the reeds rise in the cool breezes of the night. Then they would return home, unchanged by what they had witnessed.
Jesus was telling the people that they did not follow John’s teachings, but that all they wanted was to see a spectacle (similar to the reeds). They were not willing to repent and to be baptized.
They were also coming out to listen to Jesus in the same way—without a willingness or interest in changing their lives. Jesus was showing them how empty and frivolous they were. They simply moved through the events of their lives without ever connecting with God or His power.
We must determine that in the course of our everyday lives, we must “see Jesus” and His power come alive in our own lives and in our own experiences. How do we do that? We study the Word of God and we allow it—INVITE IT—to cleanse us, transform us, and empower us to act.
We are Christ’s disciples and we are meant to carry the Gospel to the ends of the earth. We are called to support the spread of the Good News of Jesus Christ, and to work in our own neighborhoods to be an influence for good and a witness of Jesus Christ. God bless you.
Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? (Rom 6:16)
Understand that you are the SLAVE of any wickedness, unrighteousness or sin that you practice! And you have, wittingly or unwittingly, offered yourself up as a slave to that sin.
Set yourself free today! Repent and receive the grace of God to live a holy life. Break the chains that bind you to evil (sin) and offer yourself, by obedience to the Word, as a slave to righteousness!
And the Son of righteousness (Jesus) will heal you, and restore you to perfect health (spiritual, mental, and physical) today.
But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves. (Mal 4:2)