ARE YOU A “DO-RIGHT?”
preacher Gary Shepard
When I was young there was a cartoon character by the name of “Dudley Do-Right.” He was a clumsy, dimwitted character that never really could or did do right. He was much like those who would seek to “do right” in order to be accepted by God. First of all, we do not know naturally what it is to do right. Doing right is not doing your best. Our best is not right in the sight of God, it is still sin. No one does right by his seeking to keep the law because all fail in many points. James said that to offend in one point is to be guilty of all. Furthermore, it is far from the doing righteousness that John speaks of:
“If ye know that He is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of Him.”
“Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.”
“In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.” [1John 3:6-10]
This is the same apostle who tells us that all who say they have not sin, lie! John in these three verses has to be talking about the obedience of faith which is to BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST FOR ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS! This is what Christ is talking about in John 6:29, “Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.” The only “right” that has been done on this earth is the right that those who do right look to, the doing and the dying of the Lord Jesus. God is right to justify sinners through His cross death.
Believers are right to trust Him alone, to plead only His blood and righteousness. In fact, His blood shed is righteousness. God is just (doing right) to count every sinner Christ died for as righteous in His sight. Plus, every sinner who is looking to Christ alone, resting in His righteousness imputed to them, is doing right, doing righteousness. God’s salvation is all about His doing right in the salvation of His people. The gospel is the message, the proclamation of how He did it and therein is the righteousness of God revealed.
Dudley Do-Right may not have done right but all who believe on the Savior alone do. Their peace, comfort and assurance lies firmly grounded in the fact that, in saving them, God has done right! John’s examples are Cain and Abel. (1 John 3;12) Cain presented his own works before God and was rejected, he did not righteousness. God saying, “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door..” Abel presented the sacrifice appointed of God, sin cleansing blood, and he “DID RIGHTEOUSNESS.” Then Cain, not loving his brother, killed him.