We’re coming around the last corner of the Lenten race, only two more days until we celebrate the Resurrection. No that is not today’s R word, it RIGHTEOUSNESS. What is RIGHTEOUSNESS? The best definition I have heard is “right relationship with God”, that is RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Ok, so you can’t substitute right relationship every time you read the word RIGHTEOUSNESS in the Bible, but there are many instances where you can. Matt 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for RIGHTEOUSNESS, for they will be filled.” Matt 21:32 “For John came to you to show you the way of RIGHTEOUSNESS, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did.” Heb 12:11 “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of RIGHTEOUSNESS.” These are just a few examples or RIGHTEOUSNESS as right relationship with God. The result of this understanding of RIGHTEOUSNESS is rest. If we consistently pursue right relationship with God we cannot help be in a posture of rest. Since God is our source of real rest, connection with Him leads to a calmness and peace that greatly surpasses a good night sleep or relaxing yoga class. If we pursue RIGHTEOUSNESS we cannot help but experience true rest.
So what is your plan this Good Friday? Is is business as usual or maybe a church service tonight? My encouragement is to pursue RIGHTEOUSNESS today. Take time right now, on your lunch break, or try and carve out some space in your day to honor this one who gave it all that we might experience rest.