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Unearned Reputation

by | Jan 3, 2015 | Righteousness, Salvation

“Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.” (Rom 10:4 NIV)

“I’ll wait until you have more babies. I’ve heard you’re a good bird breeder, and I don’t want to buy a bird from anyone else.”

My eyes were wide open in disbelief as I reread the email. It’s true that I always tried to be the best bird breeder I knew how to be, but at the time, I had only raised and sold three lineolated parakeets! There’s no way I could have earned a good reputation! Where did that statement come from?

There was no answer immediately forthcoming, but as the weeks went by, I began to have a waiting list for my linnies. This amazed me, because so many linnie breeders in my province seemed to be having trouble finding homes for their babies. I mentioned this once to my friend and mentor, a well-established breeder in another province, and her response was equally as puzzling: “Folks like good breeders, Lyn! Folks like people that have the bird’s best interests at heart and not the almighty dollar…”

Yes, this was true. I, myself, carefully picked and choose the breeders I purchase my birds from. But how would so many people come to think of me, a breeder who had only sold three linnies, as someone who put my birds above the “almighty dollar?”

It wasn’t until a few weeks later that I learned the source of my unearned reputation. My friend and mentor was sending me referrals! I was simply riding on her excellent, well-established reputation!

This reminds me of another unearned title that I bear: I am righteous. Yes, and I’m not being conceited when I say that. Of course, I am not righteous of my own merit, for “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Rom. 3:10 NKJV). I simply wear the righteousness of One who is more than worthy to bear that title: Jesus Christ, my very best Friend! “But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.” (Rom 3:21-22 NIV)

There’s one difference, though. As I said above, I do everything I know to do to be a good bird breeder. However unearned my reputation may be, hopefully it isn’t completely undeserved. My righteousness, on the other hand, is not only an unearned gift, it is an undeserved one as well!

Not every new bird enthusiast has the opportunity to ride on the reputation of an excellent breeder, and I am very grateful to my friend for making this possible. However righteousness is available to everyone. All you have to do to have unearned and undeserved righteousness is accept Jesus into your heart as your personal friend and Savior. It’s as simple as that.

Would you like this undeserved and unearned gift? Why not try on Jesus’ Righteousness? Just click here to answer the Savior’s Call . . .

In His love,

Lyn Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author — “Aboard God’s Train — A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer”, Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, and Scriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with Answers2Prayer Ministries. Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.