What we do speaks of our character. If you are experiencing a gap with you identity you will experience a gap in your character. Until you know who you are will you not be able to change what you do. Until you know that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus; you will never develop a righteous character. Righteousness is not right doing but it is the person of Jesus Christ in you. Under the law man became righteous by doing; under grace we do righteously because we have been made righteous. 2 Cor. 5:21 says “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” So you see, if you don’t know who you are, if you don’t know that because of Calvary you have been made righteous, if you don’t identify with that you will never do righteously.

I think most of us have read Romans. 7:15-25. Where Paul was struggling with what he wanted to do verse what he was doing. But in Romans 8:1 Paul says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…” Paul received a revelation that caused him to identify with Christ and it set him free from trying to fulfill the righteous requirements of the law. He realized that he could never keep the law and by trying to do so he was killing himself. All that he had to do was rest in what Christ had accomplished for us at Calvary. He didn’t have to live under condemnation any longer. Condemnation is a wall it separates us from God because it stops us from approaching God. It means that we are not looking to Jesus the only way to the Father. It means were not identifying with Him in His righteousness it means that we are still trying to be righteous by doing right.

The more you see that you have been made the righteousness of God in Christ the more your life will line up with what you see.