“For our sake, he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
Philippians 1:11 states that we are to be “filled with the fruits of righteousness which come through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” This verse reminds us that we cannot earn God’s righteousness through our efforts. No amount of work or labor can make us worthy of being in God’s presence. Instead, only through faith in Jesus Christ can we obtain this righteousness. And be rest assured knowing that your salvation is secure in Christ and work towards becoming more like Him out of gratitude and love.
We often fall into the trap of believing we must do something to earn our salvation. We think that if we just work hard enough, obey all the rules, and perform good deeds; then we will have earned God’s favor. But this is a flawed perspective because it emphasizes our abilities rather than what Jesus has already done for us. Salvation is a free gift from God. This is the truth that many Christians have come to believe in, but there are still those who think they must do special things or be perfect for earning their salvation.
Romans 3:22 says, “And this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no distinction.”
I am not saying that you should not work towards perfection, but don’t trap yourself into thinking you must do something extraordinary to earn your place in heaven. Sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves by thinking that our actions alone determine whether we go to heaven or hell. But the truth is that it’s only through faith in Jesus Christ that we can receive salvation. It’s a gift given freely by God, and it’s up to us whether we accept it. That being said, working towards perfection is still important as it helps us grow in our faith and develop habits of righteousness (Matthew 5:48).
So, remember that our righteousness comes through Jesus Christ and is given to us freely. It’s also emphasized in 2 Corinthians 5:21 that it is only through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross that we can receive true righteousness. When we try to earn our righteousness, we essentially say that Jesus’ death was insufficient. However, this could not be further from the truth. The fact that God sent his son to die for our sins shows how much he loves and values us. We cannot add anything more to what Jesus has already accomplished on our behalf. Amen. Romans 3:22 says, “The righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction.” Amen.
Lord, I pray that you grant me the grace to live a life of righteousness that is freely given to me through the blood of Jesus. Amen.