Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted.
—Psalm 127:1 (NLT)
Living a righteous life becomes as natural as breathing when you know your identity in Christ. And who you are? You are the righteousness of God in Jesus. It is the gift of His life for yours. Don’t be as the Pharisees—acting it out! If you do, then it becomes self-righteousness. And self-righteousness fosters guilt and shame instead of the freedom from sin and shame that Jesus died to give you.
Only Jesus can build the house of your life securely on His foundation. If you build your life on your own goodness, then you labor in vain. Your work is wasted. It is only His righteousness—His goodness—which makes a difference. Unless the Lord builds your life—unless His Grace is your catalyst—you are continually frustrated and not experiencing His peace and joy.
Do you believe that Jesus took your sin to the cross and died to give you His worthiness? Or are you always struggling to attain it—to earn it? If you genuinely believe that you are a new person because of His Grace, then His Grace sets you free to receive His power to live His righteousness. There was nothing you had to do to earn His love when you were saved, but now that you are saved, why are there things that you must do for Him to love you? Jesus is being who you are—not doing who you are.
Peace and joy in the Holy Spirit come through being renewed in the spirit of your mind by the truth of His Grace. You are accepted. You are loved. You are His. There is no need to earn His love. As His Grace transforms you, you realize His revealed work in you, and, without hesitation, you allow Him to live in you.
Allow the Holy Spirit to show you the life that He gave you. Don’t labor in vain!
© 2019 Lynn Lacher