Goodness is an interesting fruit. In America, we have several phrases that use the word goodness: “For goodness sake,” or, “Goodness gracious,” or, “Goodness knows,” and so on. I wonder when those phrases are being spoken if the person is truly thinking about goodness. Last week, I talked about the idea of a “mean” person, but I think a lot of people feel that they are “good” people. I felt that before studying goodness in and of itself; I would look at what is good and hold up the measure stick and see what I find. It may be interesting to find what the Bible says about who is good. Let’s dive in!
Please turn to Mark 10:17-18. Jesus challenges the idea that a person is “good” when He says, “No one is good – except God alone.” You see, this person looked at Jesus as a teacher and not God, so when he called Jesus a good teacher, Jesus challenged the idea of anyone other than God being considered good. Jesus was pointing out that the only correct measurement for determining what and who is good is to measure it against God. Since we all fall short of God’s perfection, we cannot be called “good.” Please look up and see what scripture says about God in Psalm 34:8 and 1 Peter 2:3. God is good! Now please see another way to experience true goodness in Hebrews 6:5. God’s Word is good!
This is not for our discouragement, rather for our encouragement. We are not good, but God wants us to do good. It is in accepting that we can never be good enough that we find our way to salvation. Our salvation cannot be earned by our works; it is only through Christ that we receive salvation (Romans 3:22-25). Once we have received salvation from God, we are not only empowered to do good, but we are expected to do good as part of the change that happens in our heart. So, it is important to remember that while we are called to be good, goodness is not what saves us. Goodness is what comes from us as an extension of our obedience to God.
Are you willing to accept that even though you are not good enough to get into heaven on your own that God still wants to do good things?