Php 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
I hope it ain't my righteousness I'm depending on.
Well, let me think this over. I'll get into the gate by receiving Jesus as my Savior, keep the law of the things I think I can do, an that for whatever reason it helps to do. Now what? What is the purpose in all these things God knows we're not doing to begin with?
You going to resign to Jesus' instructions: Peter, feed My sheep. Wait a minute Lord, Paul withstood me to the face for not doing that correctly (Gal 2:11). Alas, is all lost?
Philippians 3:9 is talking about the attempt to obey the will of God through one's own strength and ability to keep the law perfectly. The context of that statement begins by warning the readers to watch out for those who trust in circumcision, meaning they trust in their own law keeping:
Philippians 3:2-9.Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the real circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh—
Then Paul explains that, if anyone thinks has any right to so appeal, he had even more right to appeal to self power and self qualifications to be considered a law keeper:though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more:
circumcised on the eighth day,
of the people of Israel,
of the tribe of Benjamin,
a Hebrew of Hebrews;
as to the law, a Pharisee;
as to zeal, a persecutor of the church;
as to righteousness, under the law blameless.
However, Paul contrasts all of that with knowing Christ. To him here, knowing Christ is to be found in Him through faith, not through law keeping. Faith means giving up any and all dependence on self to obey God, and depending on Christ's righteousness alone.But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—
Yes, we seek to obey God in the things He calls for us to do, but we are not perfect in our obedience, we sin. That is why we cannot look to our own righteousness to be perfect and perfected, but His alone.
Galatians 2:16.yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.