Your Righteousness Is Perfect
When you want to know how much you weigh, do you use a ruler? No, you use a scale. When you want to know how tall you are, do you use a thermometer? No, you use a measuring tape. To get the right results, you must use the right instrument. Otherwise, you will get it wrong all the time.
Now, if you were to ask the typical Christian if he or she is righteous, the common answer would go something like this: “I am doing my best, and asking God every day to help me, but I have a long way to go.” That’s the wrong answer, arrived at because they are using the wrong standard, their level of obedience, for measuring their righteous standing before God.
But God has his own way of measuring the righteousness of all those who have received Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and thank God, it is not by observing their behavior to see how well they are doing in keeping His commandments.
“Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” (Romans 5:18, 19 NKJV)
Notice that it is not by our obedience that we are made righteous. It is by the obedience of Jesus! Just like Adam’s disobedience made all of us sinners, Jesus’ perfect obedience makes all who are in Him perfectly righteous.
You see, Jesus is our representative before God. He took our place on the cross, and He takes our place before the throne. Because He is our legal representative and substitute in heaven, when God wants to determine our degree of righteousness, He does not count how many sins we committed today and how many good works we did. Instead, God examines the life of Christ and if He finds His obedience perfect, He declares us righteous and faultless in His sight.
Child of God, since your righteousness is based on Jesus’ life and obedience, and not on your own, it does not increase or decrease. It is always perfect in God’s sight. And as long as you are in Christ, you are irrevocably righteous and all of the promises made to the righteous are yours to enjoy.
What does this mean? For one thing, it means that God wants you to come before Him in Christ without any sense of sin and condemnation. And that God will hear you, when conscious of your righteousness in Christ, you pray to Him in Jesus’ name. The prayers of the righteous avail much, making “tremendous power available, dynamic in its working.” (James 5:16 AMP).
So stop trying to determine how righteous you are in God’s sight by looking at your own performance and level of obedience. That’s similar to using a ruler to determine your weight. You will never get the answer you are looking for that way. Instead, do what God does. Look at Jesus’ perfect obedience and say, “That belongs to me. Thank you, Father, for the gift of righteousness. And thank you for hearing my prayers and blessing me always because I am righteous in your sight through Jesus, my Lord. Amen.”