Trust Fund

"As it is written: 'There is no one righteous, not even one'" —Romans 3:10.

Every day, whatever doubt I might have to the truth of that verses dissolve as I look in the mirror of my life. There is no one righteous—least of all me.

There was one exception. Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, showed us what should have been, what could be, what is, what will be, when he walked among us.

As a believer, and follower of Jesus Christ, I have been declared righteous even though I'm not—yet. He invited us into righteousness: "Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:20, 21).

In the great faith chapter of Hebrews 11, the writer says of Noah: "By faith he … became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith" (Hebrews 11:7). Paul describes it this way: "… I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteous of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith" (Philippians 3:9).

I liken it to a trust fund. The money is there. I get an allowance, a kind of advanced payment until I am of an age to receive it all.

I look in the mirror of my life and realize that I don't have it all yet, that I am still a work in progress. At the same time I thank God that every wise use I make of the allowance given to me, brings delight to God's heart, every struggle to please him and to use well what I have of my inheritance, satisfies him.

He sees the mirror of my life through the righteousness of his son who holds my complete inheritance in trust for me.

Like Paul, I "press on to take hold of that for which Christ took hold of me…I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:12-14).

I look into the mirror at the beginning of each new day and say to my reflection, as Paul said to his hearers: "let us live up to what we have already attained" (Philippians 3:16).

Lynda, draw on your trust fund today.

Comments

  1. Let us live up to what we have already attained. That's IT! And I love your trust fund analogy. Praying the same prayer for me.

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