What do you think the right definition of righteousness is? Many believers associate righteousness with a list of things that they have to do, and if they fulfil this list, they feel “righteous.” Conversely, when they fail in terms of their behaviour they feel “unrighteous.” But the Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:21 that God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. Beloved, you are not righteous because you do right. You are righteous because of what Jesus did for you at the cross!
God doesn’t keep a tally of our good deeds to compare it with another Christian to see who is more righteous and more pleasing to Him. He is not the kind of Father who will love His children according to how much they do for Him, nor let them have their security and satisfaction dependent on their inconsistent and imperfect deeds. He’s not that kind of Father.
God is the kind of Father who loves His children regardless. Because He has had enough in watching generations of man toiling in vain, doing all kinds of things, just to fail to reach His standards, He Himself made a way for man to be able to come to Him. Because God’s presence demanded holiness and perfection, and since man can never attain that, He Himself provided for what man needed.
A divine exchange happened. All of humanity’s sins were imputed on Jesus, thus executing God’s just condemnation for the world upon Him, while Jesus’ righteousness was placed upon man.
Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.
Colossians 1: 22, New Living Translation
In God’s eyes, we are righteous, because we have received and put our trust in Jesus. We are holy. We are as righteous as Christ, and this all happened, not because of what we did, but because God did it. It was in His plan to reconcile humankind in Himself.
Now, beloved, righteousness is a gift. When God gave it to us when we’ve accepted Jesus, it’s meant to stay with us forever. It’s all because of the exchange that we went through with Jesus. Right now, we can come to the throne of grace with boldness and confidence because in this world, we are as Christ is(1 John 4: 17). God would treat us the way He would treat His beloved Son, the Darling of Heaven, the Delight of His eyes. It was all because He loved you so much to die on the cross for you.
Isn’t it freeing to know that you are righteous and there’s nothing you can do that can add more to or take away a portion of your standing before God? You are welcome in His presence; you are welcome to receive His love and reap all that God has to offer. You are in the best position you can ever be in the universe when you’re in Christ, beloved one.
Also, you don’t have to worry about your ‘outward’ righteousness, beloved. Don’t let guilt get the best of you if you mess up one way or another. You are still righteous in Christ before God, and your sins have no effect whatsoever in how God loves you and how He provides for you because right now, your life is hidden in Christ.
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1: 6, New American Standard Bible
God started this ‘righteous’ work in you, and He will not stop until it has come unto perfection, beloved. It’s all on Him. All you have to do is rest, trust and depend on Him. Every step of the way, preach to yourself that your righteousness is of Jesus Christ, and that will never change. God made you righteous because He loves you, and so you can come into His presence, where the true transformation happens.
You’re righteous. Perfectly righteous. It’s all because of Christ, not by what you did or did not do. Get that, beloved, because it’s how God sees you right now.