Is it possible to actually measure the results of being righteous and showing love? Are there rewards for being like and doing the things that Jesus did? Apparently so.
“Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor,” promised Solomon. Notice, if you will, this proverb begins with the word “whoever” - an all-inclusive, unlimited invitation to everyone.
The rewards promised are tangible: “life” is a personal gift; “prosperity” is the physical gifts God gives us and “honor” is social recognition for what we do for others in honor of God. We must realize, however, that these gifts are byproducts from the “pursuit” of being righteous and loving.
Only God is righteous and loving. We will never “be” righteous and loving in this life. So, we are confronted with the importance of “pursuing” righteousness and being completely loving. Can we know if we are living a righteous and loving life?
Righteous living has two dimensions: a horizontal and vertical dimension. Horizontal begins with my being in a “right” relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. It begins with faith in Him and our faith in Him results in our being faithful to Him. Others will recognize a difference in the way we live because we are applying His teachings in and through our lives.
It is the application of His teachings that leads to righteous living by showing His love to others. This is what is meant by the vertical dimension. While never easy, we must commit ourselves to do His work through His strength and power.
Thank God that He understands the difference between attaining and pursuing. If we submit our lives to Him, read His Word, pray earnestly and “give” His love to others, we’ll find life.
Prayer: Lord, after all You’ve done for us, give us no rest until we pursue Your righteousness and love with all our hearts. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 21:21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.