Righteousness is not something that grows up and becomes. It’s a gift you received the moment you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Romans 5:17 says, “For if by one man’s trespass [ Adam’s] death reigned through him, then how much more with those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness reign and live through the One, Jesus Christ.“ Just as you can’t buy a Volkswagen and hope it will grow up and become a Cadillac, you can’t gradually become righteous. You were re-created in Christ Jesus–made the righteousness of God in Him, by faith. You receive this gift by faith. What will happen when you do? This scripture says you shall “reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.“ The Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says “reign as kings in life.“ can you hear the authority there? There is no fear of failure in righteousness. There is no fear at all in righteousness. Fear comes from sin consciousness.