I was talking to a client today and lied.
I tried to remedy it but the Spirit noticed I was quite unhappy about the situation and asked “How did you become righteous?”.
I was immediately reminded of various verses in scripture that elucidate the process of being “righteous”.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
– 2 Corinthians 5: 21
But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.
-1 Corinthians 1:30
For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
Then I remembered…Christ is my righteousness, and I am righteous in Christ. The reason why Christians have not matured to produce the type of fruits they want is because they have not received righteousness fully to become righteousness.
God knew your works would not buy you righteousness in His sight (this is why a non-sinning unbeliever cannot go to heaven) so He made full provision in the person of Christ.
So let me attempt to break it down…
A dog must bark
A bird must fly
A sinner must sin
A righteous man must perform righteous deeds.
So what is righteousness?
It is right standing with God.
So go out today and every day saying “I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, therefore I do righteous deeds only.”
When you practice proclaiming this and eventually sin, DO NOT STOP AFFIRMING. Just quickly say “Jesus, forgive me. Thank you for forgiving me”. And KEEP AFFIRMING. You will subsequently realize that you are bearing fruits of righteousness.
That “sinner” mentality you think is humble is a disgrace and disregard for the sufficient work of Christ.