John 3:16; 10:10; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 5:8; 10:13, 8-10; Proverbs 10:2–5; 6-11; 1 John 3:17–20; James 3:1–12; Proverbs 18:21
- Righteousness – right standing with God. In Christ, we are righteous, in right standing with God and therefore our eternal destiny is settled but practically we are asked by God to work on our everyday righteousness (1) to please Him (2) to be His witnesses in this world.
How do we work on our everyday righteousness? First we establish a relationship with God the Father through faith in God the Son, Jesus the Messiah, as our Lord and our Savior.
Next, we build our life on Christ, the rock of our eternal salvation by developing several disciplines (Spiritual Disciplines: Prayer, Fasting, grasp the Word of God, use our Spiritual Gifts, give, share our faith and we congregate with other believers (in large group and in small group). Now know that the concept of righteousness is found at least 82 times in this book of Proverbs; 14 times just in Proverbs 10! That’s why we have camped out on this concept for a while.
- Righteousness (living right with God) influences our work.
You will thrive if you are diligent at work but will fail if you are lazy or resort to the unlawful or unethical. Honest diligence at work leads to God’s provision to you and your family but dishonesty and laziness, even though it works financially for some, will hurt your relationships and sadden and discredit the God who loves you and saved you.
Now, it is also true that sometimes we are honestly diligent in our work but things do not work the way we would expect them too. Some lose jobs, get less hours, do less business, get sick and cannot earn what is needed, etc. That’s the beauty of verse 3; “The Lord will not allow the righteous to hunger…” What a promise! And what a responsibility! It’s our duty as a Church family to look after our brothers and sisters in true need. Think about it! Get off your selfish bubble and help your brother/sister in true need
- Righteousness (living right with God) influences our words.
Deceit is the trademark of the wicked but the true follower of Christ is known by the evidence of God’s love and favor through the words he speaks. The words that come out of the mouth of a true follower of Christ impact the way others see us and judge us. But we also need to admit that the tongue is the hardest muscle in the body to control. The Bible agrees with us in this area.
God gives us a simple rule of thumb when it comes to our words. Think before you speak and choose words that build others up, words that encourage others and, when you need to rebuke someone, measure your words and speak the truth in love. It may not be well received but it will definitely please our Father in heaven and hopefully influence others for the best.
Our words are one of the defining ways that people determine to remember us when we are far or no longer here. How are other people going to remember you? An honest, clean person who mostly spoke words of life or a dishonest, filthy person who spoke words of death?
Living right with God influences our work and our words. Let’s us get to work in those areas.