But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. (Proverbs 4:18 ESV)
Righteous. This word has confounded me for years. I understand I am in right standing before God because of Jesus Christ, but rarely do I feel righteous.
Recently, I read a book by Ted Dekker entitled AD 33. The protagonist – a Bedouin follower of the Way of Jesus Christ – helps me to understand my identity as a righteous child of God. Here is an excerpt:
Belief in Yeshua is this: identifying with him in his death, resurrection, and glory even now, he in you and you in him…Your identity is this: you are the daughter of your Father, already made complete and whole, already at peace and full of power.
Though you often forget, each day, whenever you are blinded to your true identity and so search for and cling to whatever else might save you in this life…The only way to identify with your true identity is to let go of all other identities, and all offense that block your vision, and all vain imaginations of what else might fulfill you or save you from trouble in this life and the one to come.
I’m intrigued by this idea that we are blinded to our true identity by the judgements and offenses we cling to. And by surrendering our right to judge or bear grievance, we are able to see more clearly who we really are in Christ.
As believers in Jesus, we are righteous and our path is like the light of dawn – I love this comparison of growing light. How encouraging to know our path will continue to brighten until the full day – the day Jesus returns and we see him face to face!
“Chapter 35.” A.D. 33, by Ted Dekker, HachetteAudio, 2015, p. 350.