So what are we going to say? Gentiles who weren’t striving for righteousness achieved righteousness, the righteousness that comes from faith. But though Israel was striving for a Law of righteousness, they didn’t arrive. Why? It’s because they didn’t go for it by faith but they went for it as if it could be reached by doing something. They have tripped over a stumbling block. As it is written: Look! I’m putting a stumbling block in Zion, which is a rock that offends people. And the one who has faith in him will not be put to shame. Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire is for Israel’s salvation. That’s my prayer to God for them. I can vouch for them: they are enthusiastic about God. However, it isn’t informed by knowledge. They don’t submit to God’s righteousness because they don’t understand his righteousness, and they try to establish their own righteousness. Christ is the goal of the Law, which leads to righteousness for all who have faith in God. (Romans 9:30 —10:4, CEB)
Do we follow the rules to get accepted and to make our way up?
People who are not striving to be righteous are righteous all the time.
It is not about what we do that makes us righteous. It is about what God has done.
Our actions only show the world that we believe what God has done and that it is for everyone.
Show the world that God loves you and them.
Loving People. Loving God.