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Session 21

How to be righteous

Read: Matthew 21

“Hed up yonder a ways til ya reach the old Miller place. Turn right then go a fur piece then left after ole Clyde Thompson’s farm. That’ll swing yous out past Tucker’s pond and then takes another left. It’s a dirt road but it’ll carry ya out to the highway you’re a lookin’ fur,” replied the farmer to the request for help.

Directions like this are frustrating and useless without knowing the area or having the farmer actually lead us there. Trying to live a righteous life without following Jesus is just as frustrating.

Jesus didn't just give His followers a list of directions to follow. He gave us an example to follow. Jesus demonstrated righteous living through His words and actions. In clearing the temple, Jesus acts in accordance with Scripture. In quieter moments with the disciples, Jesus teaches biblical principles using stories and metaphors He knew they would understand. As a result, we see them listening intently, asking clarifying questions and responding in faith.

Being lost in the sticks is one thing, but being lost in life is far more serious. Being lost in life has eternal consequences. Just as Jesus used the Scriptures to remind His disciples about truth and living a righteous life, the Bible is filled with the wisdom and direction we need for today. Get to know God’s voice by spending time with Him in His Word, and He will lead you in the way of righteousness.

Reflect:

  • Think of a situation in your life where you are trying desperately to control the outcome. Have you been in God’s Word, covering the situation and your response in prayer?
  • Which lessons from Matthew 21 could help you learn to trust God for the direction in your life?

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