It’s possible for our dependence to reside on something other than either Christ’s righteousness or our own. Sometimes we look to other things to satisfy and fulfill us-to “save us. These “functional saviors” can be any object of dependence we embrace that isn’t God. They become the source of our identity, security, and significance because we hold an idolatrous affection for them in our hearts. The preoccupy our minds and consume our time and our resources. They make us feel good and somehow even make us feel righteous. Whether we realize it or not, they control us, and we worship them.
-Jerry Bridges & Bob Bevington, The Bookends of the Christian Life