“For I say to you, that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven” -Matt. 5:20
I received Jesus Christ into my heart as my Savior from a simple desire to believe in God without any real understanding of the expensive price that Jesus Christ paid for my sins. After that I walked a Christian life with one leg in secular world and one leg in the kingdom of God, as I was confident I now had insurance in place to get me to heaven.
Since then, the first time I felt the need to review the details of my “heavenly insurance policy” was when I was told I had cancer and would likely face a limited life span. In my review, I was surprised to discover that this insurance policy contained an eligibility requirement: Faith. So I determined to immediately visit and inventory my storeroom of faith. There I found my faith, covered with dust, where it had stayed ignored in a corner. In that moment, I held my faith and comforted myself with the thought, “Well, at least I’m covered by insurance that will get me to heaven.” But I realized I had not used my faith as God intended, not done my part to pursue the fruits of the Spirit, to grow in the grace of God.
My faith is a precious gift of God’s grace, purchased at the most costly price of the Lord Jesus Christ’s own blood. I have recognized that this faith is expressed in my actions when I exercise trust in God, and demonstrate faithfulness to God. With only my natural personality and character, achieving a righteousness exceeding that of scribes and Pharisees, seems impossible to me. In God’s word I also find; “And without faith it is impossible to please Him” - Hebrews 11:6a.
The only way to please Him, and live out Christ’s unmatched righteousness in my life, is to exercise the faith given to me by His grace and welcome the changes He continues to make in me little by little. My desire is to be a disciple who resembles her Lord, growing daily in His grace, and acting upon the faith He has blessed me with.
Sooin Mimi Hughes
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