You know at times I seem to attribute my accomplishments that I do to that of God's goodness towards me. Yes we should give him glory and seek to do all things as serving Him, but that is not always the case. Not all things I do are as if I am working unto Him. I tend to forget that at times and depend solely upon my own strength.
I was reading a portion of scripture and Paul writes this in Philippians 3:9-10; 9) and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10) that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.
Notice verse 9, "not having a righteousness of my own" and in verse 10, "that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection."
I see 2 powerful truths and here they are:
1. (vs9) Nothing I do is righteous by any means. We know this but looking deeper into it we see that even our seemingly great deeds are filthy rags as scriputre says elsewhere (Isaiah 64:6). When I make decisions based upon my own "good morals" it is nothing more than a filthy rags compared to His righteousness.
2. (vs 10) This is particularly the main point here. That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection...have you ever thought about that? Do we know what it even means? As much as the Holy Spirit has imparted to me, here are my thoughts on this. In any given situation, after I have tried everything in my own power, I still fail. After I have depended on people and things for fulfillment, they still fail me. When I get to the point of where all seems hopeless; I can turn to Christ and the same power that raised Him from the dead raises me to higher heights. Then and only then can I fully experience His righteousness.
Praise be to Him who delivered us from our darkness with His glorious light!