Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through
faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be
justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of
the law no one will be justified. (Galatians 2:16 ESV)
So often when we ask ourselves, “Are things okay between God and me?” we run through a laundry list of activities that every Christian should be doing: personal devotions, going to church, acts of kindness and generosity, telling others about what God has done for us, etc. While all of these things are appropriate and fitting for children of God who love their Savior, they ultimately do not make us right or keep us right before God. It is only as God clothes us in the righteousness of His Son that we are once and for all in good standing with Him.
Justification once experienced is a constant—it’s nothing like the weather or our feelings. And instead of promoting loose living and an I-don’t-care-attitude, a true understanding this great doctrine drives us to humility and a deeper love for God.
Probably the greatest challenge for the Christian is to relax in and grow to appreciate God’s grace more and more. As Philip Ryken puts it, we’re all recovering Pharisees and since this is the case, we must keep going back to Gal. 2:16. This verse is the North Star guiding us safely home.
The greatest obstacle for the one who does not trust completely in Jesus Christ is to stop trying to earn God's favor and forgiveness and simply rest in what He has done.
Is everything between you and God okay?