“For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.” -Romans 4:13
“Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why ‘it was credited to him as righteousness.’ The words ‘it was credited to him’ were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.” -Romans 4:20-24
Faith makes us righteous, not by works. When we just believe and trust in God’s plan for us, then we are blessed.
God can make ordinary people, even great sinners, into extraordinary people.
Abraham lied twice to kings, claiming Sarah was his sister, so that they could be safe in a foreign land and gain food and cattle, but God revealed to the rulers in time who Sarah really was. Abraham didn’t have it all together in the beginning, but his faith grew and grew, and God let him learn from his mistakes to become the great man we know today.
Paul was a persecutor, hating Christians, acting in violence and doubt. Then he became a strong Christian, fighting for Jesus and the faith. I love his writings and words of wisdom in the New Testament.
And Mary was just a girl in a time when girls had minimal rights and prestige. She was chosen to be the mother of Christ and embraced this with devotion and trust.
Remember that God loves you, even when you think small of yourself. All it takes is faith to become righteous, don’t feel hopeless that you can’t do a lot of good works. As long as you believe and love, God will watch over you.
Ask that God renew your mind and your soul and your heart. Let Him fill you with hope and love. May you believe this Christmas and always.