The Christian life is entirely beyond our ability. Jesus said: "I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). All righteous living "comes through Jesus Christ" (Phil. 1:11) and is by God's grace. That's why our understanding of the Christian life should be entirely Christ and grace-centered.