Knowing Jesus for yourself is better by far because Jesus desires a lasting relationship with anyone willing to surrender their lives to the one who created life.
I realize this is hard at times because the message of convenience is, “You and you alone control your destiny.” However, my bible tells me in Proverbs 19:21 that “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
Yes, it is the Lord’s purpose which prevails in our lives repeatedly. The Lord’s purpose for making us the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ is profound, for it is by faith not by our own effort that we have been made the righteousness of God.
I think the Apostle Paul said it best by saying in Titus 3:5-6 “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior…”
You see at just the right time while we were sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Christ died for us so we would be transformed from condemned to no condemnation (Romans 8:1). From sinners to the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). From just a people, to a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). From being dead in our transgressions to being seated in Heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6).
Because of Christ’s great love for us, we as His children express gratitude for His grace by our obedience to His word. It is because of His grace that we love because He first loved us. We are compelled to love but even more so to aggressively receive the love in which He has richly lavished upon us.
Obedience is still important based on faith in Jesus Christ, but it is not our obedience that makes us the righteousness of God, for by Jesus’ obedience we are made righteous less we boast in our flesh. In other words, I am righteous not because of my obedience, but because of what Jesus did on the cross. His finished works on the cross has made us complete in every way!
What a wonderful God we serve and love because He first loved us! Today I ask that we aggressively step into the right standing of His finished works on the cross. That we rest in Hebrews 10:8-10 which says, “First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
To God be the glory, amen!