“But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known…This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”
When you think about it, the only reason the prodigal son went back home was because he was broke and desperate. If he hadn’t run out of money, he would never have come to his senses and returned home.
And we’re no different…the only time we return ‘home’ to God is when we are spent and desperate. The challenge is, many of us don’t even recognize our desperation, especially if it is not related to our financial well-being…but the truth is, each of us has some aspect of our lives that is impoverished and needs God’s restoration.
As someone put it…we are all like people on a sinking ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean; none of us can swim to shore, not even the very best swimmers among us. Our situation is desperate.
“But now …” says Paul…what we cannot do for ourselves, God has done for us through Jesus Christ. We receive “righteousness from God” through Christ. Jesus is the only swimmer who can bring us to shore.
Dear God, help me to see that I am lost and desperate. I want to place all my trust in You and never walk away. Help me to keep that promise to myself no matter how wonderful life seems to me. Amen.