And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not. —Malachi 3:18

            Those who are righteous serve God and those who are not righteous do not serve God.  This truth is seen throughout God’s Word.  Abel was righteous and served God while Cain was unrighteous and served the evil one— “Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous” (I John 3:12).  Noah was righteous and served God— “if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others…” (II Peter 2:5).  Abraham was righteous and served God— “And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called a friend of God. As you can see, a man is justified by his deeds and not by faith alone” (Romans 4:3; Galatians 3:6; James 2:23-24).  A person who has truly been made righteousness is a person who serves God out of loving gratitude (II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 3:18).

            Have you been made righteous in Christ by calling on His Name? (Romans 10:13).  Out for loving gratitude— how are you serving Him?  Our gratitude show continue to grow for God as we ponder all He has done for us through Jesus.  It is astounding.  May you and I seek to serve Him because we love Him.  May it be so in the power power of His Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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