Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


October 28, 2011

As in correct, true, square, proper. To be right is opposed to out of joint, incorrect, corrupted, crooked.

What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works.
                                                --Romans 9:30,31 TNIV

So what puts a person square, right with God? In the very first words of the Romans letter, Paul says, "The righteous will live by faith." (1:17) But we must have trouble having that message soak in. He's spent the rest of the letter up until now making a case for faith, the gift of a gracious God, versus, payment for a service rendered, a.k.a. "works."

To be right with God is not our work, but the receipt of a gift. "A righteousness that is by faith." How about enjoying that "right-ness" today, and serving your God faithfully, obediently, joyfully?


Dale Patterson