However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.
Thoughts for Today:Who gets justified? Who gets blessed? Is it the self righteous do-gooder? What about your neighbor who follows every homeowner association rule and traffic law? How about that co-worker of yours who has never been late or missed a day of work? A man told me once that for over thirty years he had not missed one Sunday service and whenever the church had a function he always participated. Surely he is justified by his works and has earned a godly blessing.
In our passage today, Paul tells us just the opposite is true: "...the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness." In other words, the only one who is justified is the one who realizes he is worthy of nothing.
Questions to Ponder:Have you been getting a little prideful lately? Thinking perhaps you are better than that guy sitting next to you in church? Think again. Romans 3:23: "...for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." All means even you.