From: Heather Kaufmann
What does it mean to be righteous in God’s eyes?
I had a conversation about this very question with a coworker today—the day I am writing this—who is a Jehovah’s Witness. I said something along the lines of, “It means to strive to be like Christ in all that we do.” But I also posed the question, “Is there any person alive who is truly righteous?”
The obvious answer is that no, we are all sinful and incapable of living perfectly and purely selfless lives. But I do believe we are capable of righteous acts through the transformative power of Christ in our lives. I have been particularly struck by this truth in the past few weeks, in the midst of some particularly challenging decisions and circumstances. I was reminded of the power of prayer—both my own and the community around me that supports me—and was amazed to see the way He came through in response. He gave me clarity, a desire to reorder my desires (with Christ at the forefront), the words I needed to say, and the strength to say them. If only I were this attuned to the Spirit when life was not so difficult!
So, what does it mean to be righteous in God’s eyes? It means to fear the Lord and greatly delight in his commandments (Ps. 112.1). We fear the Lord for his righteousness endures forever (Ps. 111.3) and delight in his commandments because we see their fruit.
I live in Somerville with a baker and an architect and enjoy drinking mulled ginger cider, chasing light at sunset, pretending to sing like Adele, and quoting Rilke. I work in development at a community nonprofit in Boston’s South End.