I sound so cold and harsh don’t I? Growing up I always thought of myself as a “good” person. I was nice to others. I didn’t do the “bad” stuff other people did. I worked hard in school and got good grades. I did the “right” thing. I also always put a lot of pressure on myself to be perfect. I don’t like making mistakes. There was one problem will all of my thinking. I was NEVER going to be good enough. No matter how much I tried my best efforts would always fall short.
It took me a long time to realize this and what it fully meant. By whose standard was I “good?” What exactly does that even mean? How good is good enough and who is the judge of what is good and what isn’t? Who is good enough? From a secular perspective, we can argue this point a LOT. We could go rounds and rounds and never quite agree. However, the answer from a Christian world view is quite different. You will NEVER be good enough. That is the point.
“We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.” Isaiah 64:6
We are ALL sinners and all fall short of the glory of God but we like to categorize sin into degrees of bad. Really no matter the sin, it is all the same to God and this is a TOUGH pill to swallow. So the murderer is as sinful as the liar? The rapest is as sinful as the gossiper?
Once I got over my pride and realized I wasn’t all as great as I thought, there was a peace in this knowledge. There was this acceptance that came with this knowledge and a certain amount of freedom in my mind. Talk about taking a weight off my shoulders! I cannot nor will I ever be good enough. I can’t earn my way to heaven or earn favor. I can never do enough good in this world to get into heaven.
Romans 3:23 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 3:10 10As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;
Romans 5:12 12Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned-
So what happens to us as imperfect people in this fallen world? We go to hell. BUT there is another way.
Romans 6:23 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
There is Jesus! Even while we were sinners and God knew we would sin, He died for us. He took our place because what we really deserve is death. See we really don’t deserve anything.
Romans 5:8 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
So what can I do? You can admit that you are a sinner and ask Jesus to forgive you for your sins.
Romans 10:9-10 9If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is LORD,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Does this mean you are going to be perfect? NO! Does this mean you won’t ever sin again? NO! So what does this mean? It means that you recognize you are not good and will never be good enough. You need help and that help is Jesus. This doesn’t mean life is going to be easy or that you won’t have any issues. When you mess up or sin you should feel the conviction of the holy spirit and feel that something is not right. Whereas before maybe you didn’t feel bad and kept on doing it. Take heart and REST! You cannot be perfect and there is no point in trying. Have peace!