What do you think of when you hear the word……GOOD?
I know when I think about the word good, I often think of a big ole’ cup of java…also known as coffee. Coffee makes me feel a warm sensation from the time I smell it brewing until it touches my tongue. The warmth of it’s goodness courses through my body with a burst of happiness. It is comforting really and I absolutely love it. Others may think of behavior when they think of the word “good”.
A very wise person once told me that “you don’t have to be good to do good”. At first when I heard that it puzzled me. What exactly did that mean? I pondered on each word for a few seconds and slowly processed in my mind my own conclusion to the meaning of that statement. It meant to come to God as you are! There is no good work, good deed or having a perfectly good behavior that gets you to heaven. You have to first admit that you are a sinner and ask Jesus into your heart. Through your act of salvation, God meets you exactly where you are, he washes away all of your sins and makes you a new person. Through the blood of Jesus Christ, you are accepted and “good enough” in his eyes.
I do not care if you left a bar early Sunday morning, walked to the closest Church, set on the front row, and crawled to the altar smelling of last night’s booze; God accepts you as you are! He will make a way for you when you feel like there is no way! He will provide the goodness of his love and mercy and in return, you will become more like him. You are not perfect and you will continue to mess up, but that is why God is so good! He knows your heart and he knows what you struggle with. The changes in your life will not happen overnight, but God will provide you the strength to overcome those sins. He is faithful and just to forgive you of those sins and to place your feet on the narrow path of righteousness. We all struggle daily and there is nothing that we can do that God can not forgive. It is not by our own goodness that he loves us or forgives us, it is by his sacrifice on the cross and his unfailing love for us. How powerful is that??
That does not give you a license to sin or abuse God’s grace. It is a simple reminder that God will not leave you or forsake you if you do mess up. God has open arms to greet you when you come back home to him, kind of like the story of the prodigal son, found in Luke 15:11–32. God has a plan and purpose for you that no man can change. So stop beating yourself up and thinking that you will come to God when you are good enough. He loves you the way you are and through his love you are made good enough. It says in Psalms that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. God already knows your sins and he loves you in spite of them. Once you come to God you will no longer desire to live by your fleshly desires, you will let God guide you toward his desires for you. God loves each of us and nothing can take that away!!
Psalm 139:14- I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well