Summary: This sermon looks at right living in a wrong world based upon the life of Job.
RIGHT LIVING IN A WRONG WORLD
In The Toronto Star, Sunday 15th August 2004 a survey was released regarding western nations response to God being a moral God – in the U.S.A. only 60% surveyed thought that God was moral, in Canada and Western Europe only 30% thought God was moral. That means most people thought that God was not righteous in His actions. With a belief system like that no wonder we live in such an immoral society. But what of the Church what is her responsibility? Whether we like it or not believers reflect God to this world. With all the scandals plaguing the church today no wonder we are confused about right and wrong.
This sermon looks at right living in a wrong world. The believer has righteousness in Christ that they do not and cannot earn. This is an imputed righteousness. In other words we all have right standing before God through the confession of our faith in Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
There is another righteousness that is required of the believer and that is a sanctified life or a right acting life. Is this possible in a world that has gone so wrong? In the book of Job we read these words that God says about his servant - Job 1:8 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”
We will look at the life of Job from Job chapter 31 and see what constitutes right living in a wrong world and what motivated to live as he did.
Jobs righteous life can be seen in his relationships in four main areas:
Right Relationship with God – this was based upon Job’s reverential fear of the Lord and his faithfulness to Him - Job 31:3-4 is it not destruction for the wicked, and disaster for the workers of iniquity? Does He not see my ways, and count all my steps? - Job 31:23 For destruction from God is a terror to me, and because of His magnificence I cannot endure. - Job 31:28 (NIV) then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.
Right relationship with God is always the start for right living and right relationship involves entering into the covenant of God – Job says “How can I be Unfaithful?” Faithfulness is a result of love. Fear is also a deterrent to wrong living. The question we ask ourselves is do we fear eternal consequences more than giving into wrong acting. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Proverbs 1:7) If you are here today and know your life has been lived with wrong acting – whatever that maybe now is the time to consider Jesus who will not only make you instantly righteous before the Father but will give you the ability to live in a right way.
Right Relationship with People – Job 31:9-32 - Job talks about living rightly with people in this passage he defends his actions with his neighbors, v9, his employees, v13, the disadvantaged in life, v 16-21, his adversaries, v 29, and the stranger, v32.