“And above all things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” (Col. 3:14)
For God to be able to call Abraham “righteous” there has to be a context of events and circumstances in reality that sets up the conditions for faith to operate. Staying in the city of Haran and dictating the course of his life will not work. Worldly conventional normalcy founded upon self-reliance will not produce the need to place faith and trust in God…and in turn will not produce the context for a personal relationship.
The faith to give God the benefit of the doubt comes out of a good heart that corresponds in actuality to real, tangible, internal righteousness. In a God-composed journey of faith, righteousness is “earned” through acted-out and demonstrated faith rather than simply being imputed undeservedly. Righteousness imputed by faith, demonstrated out of a believing heart, cannot actualize for Abraham until he steps out in faith and goes to Canaan.
God’s calling entirely and wholly displaces worldly conventional normalcy with a divinely composed journey of faith…which is not at all self-realization or salvation by works…because we could not, nor would not, dream up the specifics of our own journey of faith. A God-composed journey of faith includes the central element of the cross of Christ putting to death the limited foresight of horizontally conventional, worldly thinking and aspirations…because these things stand in the way of the living out of a context leading directly to a personal relationship. God is after a personal relationship with us that sets up the context for faith that by definition produces internal righteousness from the heart.
This is the clear-cut, unavoidable, and inescapable message of the life-script of Abraham the father of faith. This is a large part of the truth that will set us free (Jn. 8:32) to soar above the hopeless mediocrity of worldly humanistic standards based upon material wealth, outward appearance, and self-governance.