This is part two of The Path to Hope series. Part One can be found here.
What is good, anyway?
Have you ever wondered to yourself, “How good is good enough?” We are constantly comparing ourselves to others, even when we don’t realize it. For example, how do you know if you are a good golfer? You could compare yourself to a pro like Phil Mickleson, or to the group you casually play with and get two very different answers to that question.
Now think about measuring your morality. How good is good enough?
What if you compared yourself to Gandhi, or Mother Theresa, or Martin Luther King Jr?
What about compared to a serial killer?
It’s important to think about what standard we use to determine how good is good enough for our lives.
How good do I have to be for God to love me?
The Bible says that we all have “iniquity” in our hearts. Everyone. This impacts every part of our lives. It’s the human condition. Out of that inner iniquity, we choose actions called “sin”… like lying for example. We also choose actions called “trespasses” which is a violation of a boundary… like adultery for example. We can always work hard to not sin or trespass in our lives, and some may come very close to avoiding them almost completely, but we will never escape our nature of iniquity. This is simply the human condition, and it is the true disease that the symptoms of sin and trespasses flow out of.
No one is good enough? Now what?
2 Corinthians 5:21 says “God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
This shows God’s incredible love for us in this one little verse. You could never possibly be good enough on your own, and so God sent His Son to do it on your behalf. This is not talking about someone laying down their life for a really good person. This is God sending His Son as a sacrifice to die for ALL of us. That’s what God’s love truly is.
So, our condition as humans is that we have a heart of iniquity. We need a savior to rescue us from this disease. We need Jesus. The Apostle John said this about Jesus
“He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:11-13
The cure for iniquity is that you must be born again. You have to repent of your sins, and let Christ cover you so that you can take on a new family name. A true child of God. We are all God’s creation, but only those who are born again are children of God. Jesus is waiting for us to repent of our sins and believe in Him to adopt us into His family.