Jennie Allen wrote that looking at true humility you realise its cost, as humiliation brings you to the absolute truth of your wretched, sinful life without God, in desperate need of a Saviour. The lie, composing a beautiful perfect life with no need of a Saviour shaken to destruction, with only a dust cloud rising. Your righteous appearance is only an outward effort which keep on failing over and over again. You do not want to admit it, but you are nothing without Him and even your best efforts towards righteousness are like filthy rags … (Isaiah 64:6).
Yes, God desires righteousness within all His children (Psalm 11:7, Proverbs 21:21), but we cannot attain it (accept through faith), nor maintain it. Jesus Christ is our Righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21) and our sole effort needs to be Him – our goal should be to be in Him. As Paul described it, in Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).
And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:6 ESV)
Jesus said that we should eat His flesh and drink His blood, else we do not have any part in Him (John 6). With careful reading you will be able to see that this eating and drinking is about hearing from Him and doing what He said. To be in Christ talks about a close relationship where you are able to hear when He speaks to you and then to apply that word in your life.
True Righteousness is therefore not something we can work to attain, but rather a total surrendering to Jesus Christ.