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How To Be GOOD

Weekly Devotionals

How To Be GOOD

“Among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—“ Ephesians 2:3-5

We all know that one Christian that makes us think, “geez, that’s the perfect Christian!” I have a friend, also a pastor who always seems to have everything so together: a healthy marriage, beautiful children, and a thriving ministry. His love for Christ and his body, always overflowing. During a conversation with him many questions came to mind. The most challenging one being how. How is it possible to be so “good”?

My immediate reaction was to reflect on the areas in my life that were lacking. The areas I would like to transform. I started to make a checklist of things I wanted to do better. Read the Bible more, pray for longer periods of time, devote more time to ministry, and the list went on and on. I looked over the list I had made in mind and quickly became overwhelmed by all I had to “do”!

During dinner with my best friend and that pastor, my friend must have felt the same as I did because he asked him, “how was it that he was so “good”?” I was expecting him to give us a pep talk on how we could try harder, give use some practical advice, or give us strategies to work on. However, what he shared was something so simple and beautiful. Humbly, he was encouraged by our kind words but shared how he fails every day. That he is not good at all. That it is by God’s grace that he is saved. This is something I already knew yet had forgotten by the busyness of day to day living. I was once again reminded of the beautiful simplicity of the gospel that night.

The truth is that we all fall short and fail miserably, even the “good “ones. We are tempted to make check lists of what constitutes a “good” Christian. Always trying to do but the truth of the matter is, there is nothing we can do. Jesus has done it all. It is only by grace through faith in which we are saved. Tim Keller said, “The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we
ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.”

As we carry on through the week may we remember the mercy, grace, and love shown by the blood on the cross. Let’s continue to press into the Word together and let it transform us from within. More than focusing on doing things let us encourage, exhort, and remind one another that it is by grace that we have been saved!