I remember growing up as a child and listening to my father as he ranted against the wrongdoings of the world. In my youth, America went through many crises (Columbine, Oklahoma City, 9/11) and people from all nations cried out justice.
People were searching within themselves how to react to these atrocities. Some acted in anger, lashing out with fear and anger. Others called for people to draw together and work in unity. Things have not changed much since then. The world continues to face countless tragedy despite all efforts of men. Why?
Romans 3:10 says “as it is written, “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;”
We are all sinners. The world around us continues to suffer because we as flawed beings can only bring suffering. The world around us is all too familiar with the vices of the flesh. The problems of the world stem from the very things Paul cautions us against in Galatians 5 (immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing).
I love righteousness as it offers a solution to all of the pain around us. These vices are stains we all bear. None of us is without them, and it is their very existence that righteousness stands to eradicate. Righteousness is the means by which we strive to live a life that is pleasing to God. As Christians we are called to be the light to the world (Matt 5:15-16) and in this people will see the justice they are seeking, God.
I love seeing my children worship at Church. Despite any chores they may have to do before or after Church they are completely focused on what is pleasing to God. They dance and sing and just do what He would want them to. This childlike focus to do what the Lord wills is something I strive to replicate.
We need to consider where are the places we aren’t seeking the will of God? It happens so easily in work, family, school and any other number of public venues. The reassurance we have from Romans 3 is that we are all in the same boat. We can do nothing, but God has a plan.
1 Corinthians 1:30-31:30But by His doing you are in (A)Christ Jesus, who became to us (B)wisdom from God, and (C)righteousness and(D)sanctification, and (E)redemption, 31so that, just as it is written, “(F)LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”
God has a plan for us. Righteousness is a part of it. He wants us to strive to do His will, not by our own ability but in Christ. This is amazing that God has done it all so that we might go out to the world and heal their pains. There is only one deciding factor really on whether or not we shine that righteous light out to the world, are you hungry?
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
Dan Willis is a missionary serving locally in Williams with The Church Works. The Church Works is a missions organization with a passion for North America. It is our conviction that the gospel is disappearing due to church messages that lead the body away from historical and biblical beliefs and practices.
With this conviction, we are working as missionaries to clearly communicate the ancient gospel of Christ with our contemporary church. This involves programs that allow others to serve along side us as we do this work. These programs include short term missions work within the United States and Canada and long term full time ministry working on our staff.
We also have a biblical community called NEXT where young people who are looking to mature in their faith, can take a year to discern their calling and the then get equipped with skills to pursue that calling. By living in community they are under the care of our staff and volunteers who mentor them through, bible study, daily life lessons and one on one discipleship.