The Light and Path of Righteousness
Humanity’s greatest puzzle has always been that of morality and justification before God. Many might not agree with such a definite assessment, but it is true, and every generation on earth since Adam and Eve have been faced with the same questions of morality.
Despite the advancement of the human race in important areas such as science, technology, health, economics, and civil society, the greatest questions and most difficult challenges of every generation have always laid in the grey areas of morality; take a pick – from slavery, to civil rights, to abortion, to the definition of marriage, to ‘gender identity’, to terrorism, and even the many wars we have fought – there are serious moral questions at the root of all these issues. Such issues have been subjects of much deliberations over the years because hidden within recess of every human soul is a knowing and a deep yearning for justification and a sense of approval from the originator of what we have come to know as life.
Of course an increasing number of people have become averse to any direct link between morality and one universal God. Many of such people have tried to cultivate their hearts to ignore the deep lying need for justification from a higher being, and many have achieved a deceptive mastery over their conscience to accept the notion that they are not morally obligated to a divine being. But the majority of us humans agree that there is one God above us to whom we are accountable; what we have not come into full light of is how we are to relate with Him and how we are justified before Him. Those of us who have been saved by faith in Jesus Christ have a more particular interest in coming into a definite knowledge of God’s expectation for humanity.
In earlier generations when men were not so conceited, the need to find the paths of righteousness and come into a pleasing standing before God was a glaring and frontal issue on the hearts of individuals, institutions and even governments. Fast-forward many generations, after Jesus Christ has come and has modelled the path of life, being the very revelation of God’s righteousness, we have now come to know that God has a definite standard for man, and that it is indeed possible for a human to be well pleasing in the sight of God. We have come to know that a man can fulfill all the righteous requirements of God. We have come to know that perfection in the eyes of God is not some far-fetched unattainable concept because Jesus Christ himself as a human was perfected and became the author of eternal salvation to all who will obey him.
The task for the generations of men who have and are yet to come after Jesus Christ is no longer one of vague speculation as to whether it is possible to attain the righteous standards of God. Rather the finished work of Christ brought a definiteness to the ultimate purpose and pursuit of humanity. Jesus set the mark for us and dissolved any doubt about the expectations of God for man. The task for the generations of men who have come after the days of Jesus’ manifestation and walk in the flesh, among whom we are, is a task of discovery and pursuit of divine revelation – the revelation of God’s righteousness. Beloved, we have a sacred calling to discover the paths of righteousness and to diligently explore the way of divine pleasure – the very way which has been paved already for us in Christ Jesus, who is the light of the world, the light of life, and the light of men.
Jesus Christ declared in John 8:12 “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life”. Jesus brought a great light into the earth! – He brought the revelation of God’s righteousness. He came to show how man can be well pleasing unto God. He actually brought the answer to the most significant and important question in all of humanity, which is “how do we find our divine purpose and take our place in the perfect will of God?”. Beloved, the paths of righteousness can only be found by the light which Christ sheds. Christ himself is the great light that unveils the paths of God. The more light we receive, the more discovery and advancement we can make into the righteousness of God. As Proverbs 4:18 says, “the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day”.
In this season, God is calling and drawing people towards himself to come and learn His righteous ways. It is possible for one to be a practicing christian/church goer without having a true revelation of God’s righteousness; but there is great mercy and grace being made available to us in this season to come into a true revelation of the righteousness of God. In Apostle Paul’s writing to the church in Rome, he spoke about a people whose zeal for God was not according to the right and definite knowledge and as a consequence, they could not find the path of righteousness:
“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God” – Romans 10:1-3
Beloved, the light of God is shining in this season to bring about the revelation of righteousness, and to make the righteous paths of God plain to as many who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness!
It is for this reason that Life Meetings will be having its annual Believers Convention from September 21st to September 23rd 2017. This year’s gathering in Edmonton, AB. Canada is themed ‘The Light and Path of Righteousness’. It will be a great feast where the mountain of God’s house will be raised above every other mountain with the expectation that believers from various denominations and church affiliations will be gathered together unto God in a resounding echo and fulfilment of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem… O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord” – Isaiah 2:2-4,5.
One of satan’s lies to Eve was that she would know the difference between good and evil. Non-Christians still believe that lie as well almost all Christians. Only when we become one with Christ, His Spirit with our spirit, can God work through us to do His will. Goodness will come from us instinctively. We won’t even know it.