Sony’s Thoughts: Being Good Isn’t Good Enough

I talked to a man yesterday who said he was a Christian and that he knew that based on the fact that he is a good person. I have to admit that’s the hardest argument for me to combat. Scripture says, “There is none that does good, no not one” but there are those who are convinced they’re doing the best they can (and they probably are) yet they are just as lost as the vilest sinner there is. At the end of time, they are still going to hear, “Depart from me. I never knew you.”

Jesus’ perfection was not based on what He did but on the fact that He was totally surrendered to the Father. He could have done everything He did in His own strength and it would have meant nothing. He could have been full of pride in the fact that He never sinned but He was our example. It was His closeness to God and His awareness of the Father’s will that made Him stand out above everyone else. To say we live a good life but don’t need to determine God’s will for our lives is in essence to say we don’t need God, and you cannot be a Christian without God.

In everything we do, let’s make sure that He is truly Lord. We can try to impress people all day long but if we’re not impressing God, it means nothing in light of eternity.

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  1. I think this falls into the category of one of those hard truths of Christianity. So often, people in this world are of the belief that good works give greater benefits. While that is true in many cases, it is not in works that our salvation lies.

    That is not to say good works do benefit the Kingdom! We need Christians to strive to do all the good they can to encourage others and share the name of Jesus!

  2. Being “good” could be seen as an evidence for salvation, but it’s by no means proof. There are plenty of “good” people out there who aren’t believers. If that’s the basis for his salvation, he’s fatally mistaken (Isa. 64:6, Eph. 2:8-9).

    The best way I know to combat this self-righteousness is to use the 10 commandments as a checklist: “for whosoever shall keep the whole law yet offend in one point is guilty of it all” (James 2:10). The abolition of self-righteousness is the first thing that has to go before someone can born again.

    The only way to “impress” (or, rather, please) God is with faith (Heb. 11:6). And that faith must be in Christ (Gal. 2:16).