…That I may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own, which is from the law…
The strange truth about life is that whether we are born again or not, we all have some brand of righteousness by which we live and measure ourselves and others. The tragedy is that so many of us live by attempting to adhere to laws and standards set out by moral codes, just as if we were living in Old Testament times.
Our desire and motivation is right: we want to please God, yet in thinking that we can do this by how many times we pray, confess, fast, do good deeds and read our Bibles shows that we have not really grasped who God is.
God standard of perfection is so far beyond ours, that our very best efforts to impress Him, He calls “filthy rags!” (Isaiah 64:6)
We were never intended to stand before God in our own righteousness, but if we don’t recognize this, our determination to act like a servant instead of a son will create a barrier in our lives to the blessing, which God planned to give to us before the beginning of time.
How are you feeling about yourself today? If you feel either good or bad about yourself based on soemthing you did or didn’t do, you are operating in self righteousness.
Self righteousness is all about grading ourselves in competition with one another. Any sense of achievement we may feel is always short lived: the Bible calls this way of life “the ministry of death” (2 Corinthians 3:7) We are contiually self condemned, and towards others we become the behavior police, always looking to criticize and correct in the name of holiness.
God’s brand of righteousness, which is by faith alone, is a completely different deal. God has already laid every bit of punishment that we could have ever earned on Jesus. We will never be punished for any wrong doing by God and therefore we never need to try and convince Him of how good we are. He has pre-qualified us for the blessing that gives results in our lives. We just have to accept it.
It is time to get out of the way. When you understand God’s brand of righteousness, you will realize that even in your mistakes and wrongs, God will bless you as long as you place your trust in Him.
I dare you to believe for the blessing today – just as you are, with no other qualifications to offer God for why He should do it except the blood of Jesus. You will be glad that you did!