Righteousness In Its Right Place

Ephesians 6:14b - the breastplate of righteousness in place

The breastplate is a protective plate that covers the vital organs, including the heart. We need to protect our heart, for as Proverbs says it is the well spring of life. Our heart is the core of who we are, our identity, our passion, our life.

But why righteousness?

Righteousness is about being free from guilt or sin. When we have been made righteous we have the ability to connect with God directly.

And this righteousness is not ours. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."  We are not righteous because of anything we have achieved or attained, it is the righteousness that Jesus has given to us.

So the righteousness of Jesus is sufficient to protect us, but how?

I had a recent discussion with someone about someone who was adopted and their desire to find their birth parents. It is almost an inbuilt need to know where we came from, whose we are. It informs our identity.

If our heart represents our identity.
     And our identity is impacted by whose we are, our key relationships
          Then Jesus' righteousness gives us access to a key relationship with our Heavenly Father
               So then His righteousness protects our identity, in that it protects our connection to God

We need to ensure that we put on the righteousness of Jesus, so that we can ensure our heart is protected and connected with a loving God.

Finally it needs to be in its proper place. It protects us from the front, it is always in front of us. It goes ahead of us but is intimately connected to us. We can see it and feel it and should never take it for granted. It should be a constant reminder of our need for a saviour.

We are all in the same boat, we all need a saviour.