Pursuing the righteousness of God is one of the main focus for a Christian. If you’re not pursuing God’s righteousness, you will be on the path of destruction (Matthew 7:13-14). We will list how we as Christians can pursue the righteousness of God.
1. Accept Jesus Christ as Your Lord
Many people accept Jesus Christ as their savior but not as their Lord. It is impossible to receive the free gift of salvation without accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior. Having someone as your lord is accepting them as authority over your life. So if you don’t give Jesus Christ authority over every aspect of your life, then you’re still lost.
2. Accept the Holy Bible as Truth
It is impossible to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior without accepting everything in the Bible as truth. Since Jesus Christ is the living word (John 1:1-5, Revelation 19:13), the Bible is part of the words that came out of God’s mouth (2 Timothy 3:16). This is why Jesus Christ always quoted scriptures before he was crucified and raised from the dead. If you call yourself a Christian but don’t believe everything in the Bible, you are deceiving yourself.
To repent is to regret the actions you committed that did not please God, which are sins. With regretting your actions, you will make an effort to stop doing them through prayer, fasting, and self-control. However if you know the truth but continue on with a sinful life, you will lose your salvation (Hebrews 10:26).
4. Baptism of Water & the Holy Spirit
The Bible makes it clear that we need to be baptized with both water and the Holy Spirit (John 3:5). You can not get one without other. Baptism of water represents the funeral of your sinful self and your new life in Christ (Romans 6:3-4, Colossians 2:11-13). Baptism of the Holy Spirit represents a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance (Ephesians 1:14).
5. Relationship with the Holy Spirit
After the baptism of the Holy Spirit, you must maintain a relationship with him. Some think the Holy Spirit is just a force or energy of God. However he is the third person of the Holy Trinity or Truine. This is why it is written, And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. – Ephesians 4:30. He is our helper and comforter who teaches us all things (John 14:26).
6. Resist the Devil
Whenever we become a born again Christian, Satan tempts him or her back into captivity of sin. The devil and his kingdom does this by several ways. These ways include sending ungodly thoughts, bring wicked people in your life, and curse objects in your home. However it is written, Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. – James 4:7.
7. Renew Your Mind
As Christians, we must make sure that we are constantly renewing our minds. The ways and the things of this world is not of God (John 12:31). This is why it is written, Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:2. We are in a middle of a spiritual war between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness (John 15:18). So if you’re still catching up with the latest fashion, beauty products, celebrity gossip, you do not have the love of the father in you (1 John 2:15).
Jesus Christ said it himself that we must receive the Kingdom of God like little children (Mark 10:15). The reason he said this is because children are versatile. We must act the same way because we have not been around as long as God and his kingdom has. Just like flowers, we blossom and wither away (Job 14:2).
The Bible makes it clear that love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. When we love God with all of our being and love everyone as we love ourselves, we are living by faith in Christ.