“If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works Abraham did.” –John 8:39

“And he [Abraham] believed the Lord, and He counted it to him as righteousness.” –Genesis 15:6

Righteousness does not consist in making perfect plans and executing them with exquisite ease.  It does not consist in being a perfect friend or sister or daughter or teacher.  It does not consist in playing flawless piano preludes or regularly updating a blog with Very Profound Insights.  It does not consist in being cheerful always, or friendly always, or always putting others first.  And it isn’t even in a stellar quality of belief, because the account of Abraham shows some fairly immense lapses in that department (usually when Abraham set about making and executing what seemed to him “perfect plans”).

So that even on all the days when I’m not hard at work believing, the One in Whom I believe remains quite steadfast, applying His own righteousness to my ever-increasing account of never-righteous-enough.  So that I can go to sleep at the ends of those days–every day–instead of frantically working at the righteousness in which I certainly fail.

He is good.

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