The world, and sometimes our own logic, says, “You need to make up for your failures, shortcomings.” We may speak about a player, employee, friend, or loved one “redeeming themselves” by some valiant and productive effort. This logic may win a sports contest, save a business from bankruptcy, or even win the affections of someone we have disappointed. What this strategy cannot do is change the fact that we have failed in being right or fallen short of its splendor!
The Bible clearly says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” (Rom 3:23). However it says before that, just as clearly, that God’s law declares righteousness and points out the sin of sinners to silence them before God (Rom 3:19). The next verse concludes the thought with – Therefore no one will be declared righteous in His sight by observing (the) law, rather through (the) law we become conscious of sin (Rom 3:20).
This is bad news for us, if we have intended to make ourselves righteous by what we do. That is, if we have intended to fix our falling short of the splendor of God by doing more good than we have done bad. However, there is good news! The good news is that what sinful man cannot do, God has done, and what God has done is provide the way for the unrighteous to be declared righteous (Rom 3:21). God has not just accomplished this for us; He has also made it clear how He did it through Christ Jesus (Rom. 3:22–24). God in Christ has provided a way to forgive sinners that is in accordance with His true justice and righteousness (Rom 3:25–26).
May God bless our understanding of His gospel message, so that we understand its power to bear fruit in our lives (Rom 1:16-17; Col 1:6)!