Cleaned By Faith
Often times we think we have to do it all on our own. We keep ourselves in this constant striving to be enough. We set before ourselves this list of what we think will keep us holy. If only we keep up with these things and never do those, then God will like us. In this striving for God’s approval, we are left flailing. As Peter flailed in the sea of Galilee when his faith faltered, we flail when our faith is in ourselves rather than in Christ. We can’t obtain the righteousness of God through our own actions. Only His blood is enough. Only what He has done gives us a place in eternity.
Are we willing to trust that He is enough? Because it takes realizing we are not enough, in order to do so.
Through our faith that what He has done is sufficient, we are called righteous through His grace. Our faith is counted as righteousness. Like the Israelites, we must trust in the blood of the Passover Lamb because through it we are made righteous. If we leave it all in His hands, He keeps His promise.
When the wrath of God was satisfied, Jesus took on our unrighteousness and gave us His righteousness. If we trust in that, we must walk in it. All He asks is for us to realize we are His children- holy and blameless- and walk in it. To walk in faith is to walk with our eyes fixed on His. When we do, the world will see.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10)