Instruments of Righteousness

Romans 6:13

Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.

Predominantly God is the source of righteousness in our lives.  The righteousness that we have comes as a gift of God.  We are still capable of being used as instruments of righteousness though.  We have a choice whether we will do something productive or something that will be harmful.

When we offer ourselves to God, we make ourselves available to Him and whatever plans He has for us.  This thought scares many people because they like to be in control and to know what is going on.  When God is in control though, we don’t need to worry because we know that things will work out better than when we are in control.

Being an instrument of righteousness requires that we use the gifts that God gave us.  These are not only our spiritual gifts but also our time, our natural talents, and our money.  Using these gifts for the glory of God is the reason that we received them.

Being an instrument of righteousness isn’t always easy.  Not only must we fight against our desire to sin, we must fight our desire for personal comfort.  We must go outside of our comfort zones to be all that God intends us to be.

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