We are all accustomed to what morals are. We spend our days trying to do what is right and just. Thou shall not steal, thou shall not kill…you know those things that just don’t seem like anyone should do them no matter what their circumstances are. We are all moral beings whether we are following Christ or “of the world”. Being moral is just abiding in the law. Jesus death actually freed us from the law (Acts 13:39). Not so we can just do whatever we want and still be forgiven. On the contrary! He wanted us to live righteously.
My pastor defines righteousness as right living. Isn’t that the same as being moral? Not at all! We can be moral and not righteous. You know the “I go to church, I gave a quarter to a man on the street, and I don’t steal” attitude. These things are not bad, but they can all be moral. We do them because it makes us feel good. When we surround ourselves with people who operate from a moral standpoint, we miss God. Christ says that He loves righteousness (Psalm 33:5). We must move past doing what seems right into doing what God has called us to do. Our motivation has to be that of living a life pleasing to Him.
Morality is a start. You begin to think about things, how they affect you, and how they affect others. That is who Christ is and was. He actually thought about others and not himself at all. He considered what he could do to save us, and ended up sacrificing himself. People who are of God do not just walk morally. They live righteously (Romans 3:21-26). All it takes is for us is to walk with God. You will not be perfect. You will not just all of the sudden be this non-confrontational, unselfish person who never gets angry and always just says the best thing. There will, however, be a change and a difference in your spirit (Romans 7:6). Things that you feel you just have to have, won’t matter because God will come first and His desires for you will be precedent. Pursue righteousness (Proverbs 15:9).
By: Mistye Ruffin