From a blog post by Kevin DeYoung:
Sometimes in a genuine effort to be honest about our persistent imperfections we make it sound like holiness, of any sort, is out of reach for the Christian. But this doesn’t do justice to the way the Bible speaks about people like Zechariah and Elizabeth who “were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord” (Luke 1:6). Likewise, Jesus teaches that the wise person hears his words and does them (Matt. 7:24). There’s no hint that this was only a hypothetical category. Quite the contrary, we are told to disciple the nations that they might obey everything Jesus commanded (Matt. 28:19-20).
This is a thought-provoking article about how our righteous deeds are by no means the source of or reason for our salvation, but they are very precious to God. May it be the desire of my heart to do what is precious to my Creator and Saviour.
Read more on Kevin DeYoung’s Blog.