This morning I drove by a warehouse with a large sign posted near the entrance that pronounced in big read letters, “LOOKING FOR GOOD PEOPLE.” As I made my way down the winding road and past the building I hoped the need wasn’t too urgent, because if the hiring manager truly is set on finding good people in the purest sense of the word, it is an impossible task.
Biblically speaking no one is good. Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. We’re all born into sin, and live with our sin-filled flesh each day. How long has this been going on? This started some six thousand years ago when Eve took a bite out of the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden (Genesis 3:6).
To be good implies we, on our own accord, have some ability to remove the sin from our lives independent of a higher power. This would be a righteous task, and the bible tells us both, God’s people – the Jews, and all the rest – the Gentiles, are not up to the task.
9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
This is where real good shows up. Since we can’t fix our sin problem on our own, God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, as the atoning sacrifice. God sent the spotless lamb to remove our sin debt and wipe the slate clean forevermore. By Jesus dying on the cross we, those that accept Him as Savior, are no longer bound by sin. We are given new life on this earth, and our names are written in the lamb’s book of life never to be blotted out, allowing us to live forever with Him in heaven.
But are we good? Hardly. In the book of Luke we are told that we must deny ourselves, as in crucify the sin nature, daily to follow Jesus. Luke 9:23 – And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
There are none righteous enough on this earth to solve the sin problem, and make us good in any sense of the word, that’s why God sent Jesus. As long as we accept Him we are made righteous by Him. Once we accept Him, then God only sees the perfect Christ Jesus when he sees us, with our flaws covered by the blood.
Do you know Jesus as your savior? If the answer is no, It’s not too late. The bible says today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).
But how specifically can you be saved you might be wondering? The bible answers this question clearly in in the book of Romans.
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
That’s all there is to it. You can’t earn your way in. You can’t find a way to be good enough to get in. You can’t sing your way in, or dance, or work, or anything else. You simply have to confess Jesus as Lord, and believe it in your heart that He was raised from the dead (resurrected), then you are saved.
You can ask Jesus into your hearts right now by praying this prayer:
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
If you made a commitment of faith please let me know so I can pray for you!