Whether it is our job, school, or even in church; we are all familiar with working hard in order to receive approval.
This is the way life works, but grace and Christianity are meant to be different.
“God pronounces believers righteous at the beginning of the course, not the end of it…it cannot be on the basis of works they have not yet done” FF Bruce
Let’s not just talk about this, lets see it in Bible; even in the life of Jesus
Luke 3:21-22 tells us the story of Jesus’ baptism. He had not begun his ministry. But God’s feelings for him were not based on what He did but who he was.
“You are my Beloved Son with whom I am well pleased”
When we receive Jesus, we are a new creation; receiving a new identity.