The Price of Righteousness
“And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.”
As John describes the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, he comes to a point where he describes the clothing of the saints. He says in the verse above that they would be “arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” The fine linen that John is talking about was comparable to the fine linen of Babylon. It was a very expensive; linen that not everybody could afford. John knew that the only way we could understand the price of righteousness would be to compare it to the fine linen of Babylon. John went a step further and said that it is “clean and white.” John was reminding us that any righteousness we have is because of Jesus Christ. The only reason why we will have an opportunity to be able to sit at the table with Jesus is because He is the One who paid for our sins with his life and blood. The cost of righteousness was paid for with the life of Jesus Christ.
However, let me bring this thought to how we live today. What if your earthly wardrobe were based on how righteous you live? My question to you is this, what kind of wardrobe would you have? Would you have a wardrobe that is tainted and torn, soiled and dirty from the things of this world, or would you have a wardrobe that is filled with good works you performed for Jesus Christ? You see, there is a cost for righteousness. Every Christian has to look at the cost and ask themselves if they are willing to pay the price for righteousness. What is the cost of righteousness?
First, the cost of righteousness is separation from those who will soil your life. You are never going to live a righteous life if you are not willing to separate from those who won’t do right. Separation is not a mean word; it’s just that you have a higher calling than to live for the world; your calling is to serve the LORD Jesus Christ. If you want to become a Christian who lives a righteous life, you must separate from those who would keep you from serving the LORD.
Second, the cost of righteousness is a walk with the LORD. I say this is a cost, but it’s not really a cost because to walk with the LORD is a privilege. You will never be able to live a holy life if you never walk with the LORD. It is a daily walk with the LORD that allows the Christian to be able to know the mind of Christ and to have Him influence you to live righteously throughout the day.
Third, the cost of righteousness is investing in others. The word “righteousness” is literally talking about the works that you do for God. Being righteous is a position we get because of Jesus Christ, but righteousness is an act of works we do for the LORD. My friend, what kind of wardrobe would you have if it were based on what you do for the LORD? I’m afraid many Christians would have very few clothes to wear if their wardrobe were based on what they did for the LORD.
Let me encourage you to build your spiritual wardrobe by getting busy and serving the LORD. Yes, the believer’s righteousness is of Jesus Christ, but live your life in such a manner that if your earthly wardrobe depended on what you did for Christ that you would have a closet filled with clothes. Let me close this devotional by asking you, what would your wardrobe be like if it were based on your works for Christ? I hope that you would have a closet filled with clothes.