Being good? How do you define it? I hear people say they think that they are good because they are better than most “other people”. Let me share some truth with you. We all share the same status, and that is we are all sinners that deserve judgment.
Having the grace of God in our lives can sometimes lead us to compare ourselves with others. If you view your life in comparison with others, it will leave you with two choices. Either self-righteousness, because you think you are better than others – or despair because you think others are better than you. I am here to tell you that grace can change all that.
If you are defined by you, grace has not taken hold in your life. If we define ourselves by good we think we are, this will lead us to think that we are better than others. We all do it, compare ourselves to other people. We are all guilty of it all the time. We find ourselves saying things like – I may not have the money that so and so has but at least my relationship with God is better than theirs, or they may have more than we do but our kids are smarter than theirs. Saying, I’m better, I’m smarter, I’m richer, I’m prettier is used by the enemy to deceive us into believing that we are good. Good is not Grace. Sin will try to teach us that there is comfort in comparison. The truth i that there is only comfort in compassion-compassion by the grace of Christ Jesus in our lives.
With grace in our lives as the Holy Spirit work in us and on us, we must identify areas in our lives that we are blind to, lest we become enslaved to them. If you are responsible, reward-able and dependable, you might think you are good. And you are, by man’s standards. The problem is all that our goodness is nothing in God’s eyes. God doesn’t see it – His vision is trained to only see grace. So if you want God to see you as nothing present your goodness before Him, He won’t see it at all. Many who are self-righteous have a hard time understanding grace. Their lives are puffed up by their own self-image believing that they are good, thinking they need little grace. Nothing could be further from the Truth.
I see men and women who are broken-hearted, drug addicts, hardened sinners, with shattered lives that seem to appreciate the grace of our Lord Jesus more than many people who have been raised in the church. I beseech you as believers to open your hearts and your minds. Instead of looking at the lost and saying I am glad that I am not like them, believing that you are better, we should have the mindset that we are glad to be like them – a sinner in need of grace. As I said earlier in the piece that there is only comfort in compassion, let us all be reminded that those who have been forgiven much should love much.
We should always be reminded that being good will not gain entry into Heaven. Good people do not go to Heaven, only forgiven people go to Heaven. Being nice will not get you to heaven. Nor will being baptized, a church member, a church deacon, a minister, giving to charity, nor will doing good deeds or even praying very day. None of these gain access to Heaven.
Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved.
What name is the Bible talking about? What name guarantees instant access to heaven for all eternity? It is the name of Jesus Christ, The Lamb of God, which takes away the sins of the world. Grace.
John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming unto him, and he said, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.
Jesus declared in the Bible, the Living Word of God that He is waiting in Heaven for all those who believe on Him. And to take it even a step further, He had built a mansion for you, giving you an eternal address in Heaven and your “house in heaven” is waiting for you, if you believe upon Him. Grace – Grace
John 14:1 There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get home ready for you? And if I’m on my way to get your home ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live, and we will be together in heaven.
So how is access to that place in heaven that is reserved for those who believe reserved? The answer is found in
Romans 10:9 If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
The message is simple, accept Him as Lord and Savior, and accept access to the most special place in all of creation, Heaven. I look forward to spending eternity with my Savior in Heaven and I look forward to seeing you there. Just remember that Heaven is not a place for good people, it is a place for those that have been redeemed, it is a place for those that have been forgiven by the Blood of the Lamb. In Heaven all the sorrows of this world will have passed away, and only joy and peace in Christ will remain. Grace – Grace and more Grace.
So next time you are thinking how good you are, turn your eyes off of your own goodness and turn your eyes upon your Redeemer, as we are the righteousness of God only in Christ Jesus. His grace is the only good thing in us. It is only His grace that allows God to see, hear and touch us and have communion with us, therefore abiding with us forever, on this earth and in the world to come. GRACE.
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