6 Minute Read + Scripture readings
Today’s Bible Reading:
Today’s Bible Verse(s):
Psalm 53:2-3 (CSB): “God looks down from heaven on the human race to see if there is one who is wise, one who seeks God. All have turned away; all alike have become corrupt. There is no one who does good, not even one.”
Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):
It’s been my observation that most of us think we’re a pretty good person. In fact, if I was walking down the street and someone asked me, “Do you think you’re a good person?”, I’d probably say “Yes.”
Why is it so natural for us to think of ourselves as good and to proclaim that goodness to others?
Because we have watered down the definition of that word. The way we define “goodness” is not the way that God defines “goodness.”
When we define goodness, we are saying that we haven’t killed anyone. We haven’t committed adultery. We aren’t a liar. We aren’t a thief.
… at least we think those statements are true of us.
So, can I ask you a few questions to see if you are a good person? Thank you.
Have you ever been angry with someone? Of course you have. We all have. Well, in Matthew 5:21-22, Jesus equates anger with murder. So, you, my friend, are a murderer. You have broken the 6th Commandment (Exodus 20:13).
Have you ever looked at someone and had lustful thoughts (sexual passions were aroused in your mind/heart)? Jesus said that whoever looks to lust has committed adultery in his heart (Matthew 5:27-28). So, you, my friend, are an adulterer. You have broken the 7th Commandment (Exodus 20:14).
Have you ever taken anything (no matter how small) that didn’t belong to you? Of course you have. Well, what do you call someone who steals? A thief! So, you, my friend, are a thief. You have broken the 8th Commandment (Exodus 20:15).
Have you ever told a lie? Even once? Of course you have. We all have. And what do you call someone who has told a lie? A liar, right? So, you, my friend, are a liar. You have broken the 9th Commandment (Exodus 20:16).
So, by your own admonition, you are a murderer, an adulterer, a thief, and a liar. And we’ve only look at 4 of the 10 Commandments.
Do you see how misinformed we are when we proclaim our own goodness? Do you see how our verse for today is true when it says that God looks down from Heaven and can’t find anyone who is doing good?
You may say, “Well, I’m mostly good. I’m a liar but most of the time I tell the truth.”
Well, imagine with me that you are sitting in a court of law. The defendant is accused of murder. But, he speaks up and says, “I killed someone in cold blood. But, most of the time, I just leave people alone. I’m good most of the time. It’s only every now and then that I kill someone.”
You get the point, don’t you?
Further, we realize in Matthew 6:1-18 that God even looks at our motives. If we do a good thing but do it for the wrong reason, it’s sin and God won’t reward us.
So, what does a truth like the one found in today’s Bible verses cause us to do? It should cause us to run, not walk, to the foot of the cross and fall down in repentance. It should cause us to trust in Jesus for our source of righteousness and stop trusting in ourselves to make us right in God’s eyes.
Friend, we aren’t morally good. Only Jesus is morally upright and fully pleasing to God. It is only as we are trusting in Jesus to make us right in God’s eyes that we get forgiven and declared righteous. He takes our sin and He credits us with His righteousness.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (CSB): “He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
So, if you are trusting in yourself to be good enough to make you right in God’s eyes, stop it. You will never, ever be able to be good enough. Instead, trust in Jesus to make you good enough. That’s precisely why He died on the cross, my friend.
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Thank You, Lord Jesus, for fixing my sin problem. Thank You for enabling me to see my utter sinfulness and giving me the faith to simply fall at the foot of Your cross and cry out for forgiveness. Thank You for saving me. Because of what You have done for me, I want to spend the rest of my life living for You. Amen.