Parental Credentials

For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.”—Romans 10:3 (NKJV)

When I was a kid, I loved going to Marco Island with my dad. We would ride jet skis along the flat gulf water all day long. One day, I decided to try and rent the jet skis on my own. I walked right up to the beachfront hut and asked for a jet ski. Little did I know, a 10-year-old kid was not allowed to rent jet skis by himself. I needed my father’s credentials (and driver’s license) in order to get what I was looking for.

In our lives, we can be the same way with God. This is exactly what the apostle Paul is telling us in today’s verse. You see, the Jewish people had “a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge” (Romans 10:2 NKJV). They believed, like I did as a kid, that they could do it on their own. And in the same way, we think we’re good enough on our own account to inherit eternal life. However, we do not have the credentials required to make it to heaven on our own. The only way to receive eternal life is through the blood of Jesus Christ.

Just like I needed my dad’s credentials to rent the jet skis for me, we need the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus to make it to heaven. So often, our pride can leave us feeling adequate on our own merit to deserve the love and grace of God. It is not something that can be earned. Because of the sacrifice of Jesus, it is a free gift that can only be humbly received.

In reality, we are helpless children in need of our heavenly Father for the righteousness needed to spend eternity in heaven and to live godly lives. It is only through the blood of Jesus that we can be saved. We should be continually reminded of our helpless state and God’s great love for us shown at the cross. 

My hope is that you would take time to reflect on all that God has done for you, and just like a child reaching for the help of his father, reach for your heavenly Father for righteousness and truth. Don’t try to do it on your own; don’t rely on your own righteousness. Let the righteousness of Jesus work in you!

DIG: Why are we so helpless on our own without Jesus?

DISCOVER: What keeps you from remembering that righteousness is only found in a saving relationship with Jesus?

DISPLAY: Find the time today to thank God for the righteousness He bestowed upon you through Jesus!

About the Author

Javan Shashaty