Friday, December 23, 2022

Daily Devotion: Jesus, Our Righteousness

Bible Reading: I John 3:1-10 

Key Verse: Verse 7 - Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.”

Key Words: even as he is righteous

We, of ourselves, have no power or ability to be righteous. Our righteousness comes solely through Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

We read in Romans 4:3, “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.”

Then in I John 2:29 we read, “If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.”

Now, this raises a question: do you hunger and thirst after righteousness?

In the Antarctic summer of 1908-09, Sir Ernest Shackleton and three companions attempted to travel to the South Pole from their winter quarters. They set off with four ponies to help carry the load. Weeks later, with three ponies dead and rations exhausted, they turned back toward their base camp with their goal of reaching the South Pole unaccomplished.

Altogether they traveled for one hundred twenty-seven days. On the return journey, Shackleton recorded in his journal entitled The Heart of the Antarctic, “We spent time talking about elaborate feasts, gourmet delights, and sumptuous menus.” As they staggered along suffering from dysentery and not knowing whether they would survive, every waking hour was occupied with thoughts of warmth and eating. Shackleton again recorded, “Jesus, who also knew the ravages of food deprivation, once said, ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness.’

Shackleton’s obsession for food offers us a glimpse into the heart of Jesus, and His desire for us to hunger and thirst for the righteousness only He can give.

What to do:
✞ Do you hunger and thirst for righteousness with a passion?
✞ Surrender your life and your will to Jesus today, and let Him guide you into righteousness.

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