I hear so many folks say, “if you’re a good person, you go to heaven”. Or, “Just have a good heart and God will see that you’re a good person”. How about this one… “I’m not a bad person! I feed the homeless and I tithe! Of course I’m going to heaven! You just have to do the right things”. My personal favorite, “Being a good person and doing the right thing is what God wants us to do” and the all time most popular, “Being a good person is what life is all about”.
Do any of these sound familiar to you? I sure do recognize them! What are we telling ourselves when we say such things?
When we boast in our good works we are openly admitting that our FAITH is in ourselves rather than God. We are making truth to our achievements instead of the gift or gifts God has given us, or the miracle He has performed. That somehow if we stick to the law and be good, we will save ourselves and therefore God will love us.
A lot of the times when “good” things happen to someone, you often hear, “They deserved it”. What does that really mean? That they worked hard so God blessed them? Or, they have suffered so much that they earned a break? The whole world fortifies itself on working hard and earning your keep. But God had something different in mind when it came to us earning our salvation.
The first mistake and a thinking a lot of us share in is that we believe that we are able to have “a good heart” in the first place. When the fall happened with Adam and Eve and they ate from TOKOGAE, they abolished any chances of having “a good heart”. The thought that we can produce anything “Good” from our sinful nature only administers the truth in what is wrong about having knowledge of what good and evil truly are. The Law created a way for us to see what God says is wrong and the Commandments were to ensure we didn’t do those things.
For instance, a man approaches you and says he’s homeless and hungry, you don’t have any food to give him, so you hand him a ten dollar bill and tell him to get something to eat. The man takes the money and buys booze with it instead. The man then becomes intoxicated, goes home to a family which he abuses in his drunken stooper and eventually gets put in jail. After serving his sentence, he continues his pattern which eventually leads to him losing everything and truly becoming homeless. How did you help the man? Your intentions were “GOOD” right? But were they really? We help because when we do it makes us feel good. We like the feeling of being the one who did the “right” thing. Unfortunately, when we thought we were doing good in feeding a homeless man, we ultimately were a tool to his fall! You see, as much as we think we know what is good and what is evil, we don’t always know the whole story. In the end of our mission to serve the needy, we caused a home to fall apart and a man to utterly fail his position as a father and provider.
Fortunately, the Lord gave us the ability to earn our salvation without “good deeds” though. He saw that after man thought he knew what Good and Evil were, he would be unable to save them from their thoughts and ultimately their pride by giving them rules to live by. The rules he gave man to prove this very point came from Moses and the Ten Commandments. These consistently prove to us how inadequent we are. Did you know that if you were to even think, “that man is a fool” you have committed the same exact act as murdering that man? Sin is not an act, sin means “missing the mark” or “missing the whole point”. When we sin, we are missing the point of the exercise. We don’t have all the information so we judge the case incorrectly. and it is inevitable for us to do so because we are born into “sinful nature”. The sinful nature became part of us after Adam ate of the TOKOGAE, Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
So, why was the law given to us in the first place, we often ask ourselves. It is there to SHOW us that we aren’t capable of living up to God’s standard. That we are not able to keep ourselves from doing wrong. The Law shows us that our will to “do right” overcomes our will to follow God and do only what He wants us to do. When we can understand that everything that comes out of our sinful nature is ugly and has been put to death by Jesus’s death, can we truly appreciate our salvation by Grace and Grace alone.
Here are 8 scriptures that show us we are not under the law as believers anymore and that we live by Grace and Faith.
If the law worked then faith would be irrelevant. (Romans 4:14)
The purpose of the law was to increase sin. (Romans 5:20)
The law is good, perfect and holy but cannot help you be good, perfect or holy. (Romans 7:7-12)
The strength of sin is the law (1 Corinthians 15:56)
The law is a ministry of death. (2 Corinthians 3:7)
The law has nothing to do with faith. (Galatians 3:11-12)
If the law worked God would have used it to save us. (Galatians 3:21)
It was made for the unrighteous but not for the righteous. (1 Timothy 1:9-10)
As Believers WE ARE RIGHTEOUS! We have been made Holy! Holy means to be set apart. You and I, as believers, have been set apart from the world because we are no longer apart of the this world and what will happen to it! We have a different Destiny! A different calling upon our lives! We live in Grace by Faith knowing that the Lord has redeemed us and we will have everlasting life BECAUSE of our BELIEF in God!
It is BELIEF and GRACE that save us! Not our works! The bible tells us to not let your right hand know what your left hand is doing. Meaning, don’t do something for the gratification or “earnings” of favor. Do all things from the heart not because it is the right thing to do, but because that is where Christ abides in us and you feel led to do so. Study your heart and mind. When we seek the Lord and ask Him to show us the error of our ways, He will show us that sometimes when we think we are doing the right thing, we are in fact doing something very wrong. We need to put our trust and faith in Him.
The bible says, pray about EVERYTHING. Our hope is that our accumulations and gain on this earth be in riches of the SPIRIT and not in the material riches of this world. Last I checked, No one pays earnings in “SPIRIT” but the Lord!
19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His (not my!) riches in glory in Christ Jesus.20 Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
So Rejoice in Christ! Believe in Him! The one that saved you from all this sin! His mercies are new EVERY Morning and as fresh as the new morning dew! Don’t toil at works when you could be dancing with the Lord! We aren’t under as much pressure as we’d like to believe we are under. We have a unsurpassed Grace that has saved us from our sin. Does this give us a Free Pass to sin? Absolutely not! Still continue to listen to your heart, but don’t do “good” just because you think it is the “right” thing to do. We should always ask the Lord by Faith what HE WANTS US TO DO, then, we can boast in the works of the Lord.
Enjoy this Song by Steven Scheffler, “His Mercies” and Know that you are WHITE AS SNOW!!! FREED BY GRACE!!!!! PRAISE GOD!!!
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