For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.(Romans 10:3 ESV)
It seems that humans are naturally intent on trying to prove to God that we are worthy of His acceptance and favour.
All human religions are based on what we must do to please God. But true Christianity is based entirely on what God did for us through Christ Jesus. That is why it is called the Gospel (which means Good News).
And be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ –the righteousness from God based on faith.(Philippians 3:9 HCSB)
God’s way for people to be right with Him is based on the work of Jesus Christ. It is not something any human being can ever deserve or earn. It is purely a gift from God.
Nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.(Galatians 2:16 NASB)
You can’t have good standing with God by trying to be a good person and living a perfect life. The only way to have good standing with God is by being in Christ Jesus.
Even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction (Romans 3:22 NASB).
So don’t try to establish your own righteousness. Accept Jesus as your righteousness!
For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.(Galatians 5:4 NLT)
God made Jesus to be your righteousness. Accept that fact!
But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30 NASB).
To now say that your righteousness is not good enough, would be saying that Jesus is not good enough. Because Jesus is your righteousness!–A Devotion
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.(Romans 5:1 NLT)
Being right with God (righteous) not only gives us peace with God, but also enables us to live in victory.
Since by the one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.(Romans 5:17 HCSB)
Righteousness is a gift! But for you to benefit as you should, you must actively receive it. You must take it!