We over complicate most things.
Before we read the next verses, a reminder: God’s righteousness is the act by which God declares sinners righteous in His sight.
“Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.” But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: if you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Romans 10 v 5-10)
It is simple. Gloriously simple!
It isn’t the righteousness of the Law of Moses where you have to do and achieve things.
It isn’t like you have to anywhere, a pilgrimage to the scene of the incarnation or that of the ascension.
It is so much simpler.
In fact it is ‘incredibly generous’ (Message of v12)
God’s righteousness comes as we call out to Him and trust Him.
This morning I can declare Jesus Lord of my life, I can believe in the power of His resurrection, I can do that.
This morning I can declare that though I don’t understand the bends and turns of life, Jesus does, because He is Lord. I can speak the Lordship of Jesus over every area of my life. No other master, no other controlling powers, I am free within His masterful, powerful presence, He is Lord of my life. This morning I can believe that there is nothing He cannot do in my life. He holds the power of resurrection. Not only for my life at my last breath but in the breath that I breathe today! If you wake with clouds of disappointment over you; if you wake with searing pain in your heart and you don’t know how you will get through this one day; pull back the curtains, He is here, Jesus, the power to live, who has found you, saved you, is saving you and will save you, He will never lose you, reject you, turn away from you, it is indeed incredible generosity from a God who loves us!
It is simple.