Are you a good person? Well…you aren’t too bad…right? We can all think of people who have done horrific things. We look pretty good when we compare ourselves to them. However, we would also admit that we are not perfect. We have all made mistakes, and we have all missed the mark of God’s standard.
Notice what God’s Word says in Romans 3:23-“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:10 reminds us-“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (emphasis mine in both verses). We have all fallen short of God’s perfect standard. Even though we may feel good about ourselves because we aren’t doing things others have done, our comparisons with others become irrelevant when we compare ourselves with God’s standard of perfection.
Author Cary Schmidt paints a great word picture here:
Think of it this way. What if God commanded us to jump to the moon? You might be able to jump higher than I can, and I might be able to jump higher than my five-year-old daughter can, but in the end, we all fall way short of the goal.
That’s what God is saying when He says that we all “fall short of the glory of God.” We all fall so short that the slight difference between your goodness and someone else’s goodness (or badness) doesn’t matter in God’s sight” (DONE: What Most Religions Don’t Tell You About the Bible, p. 32).
Our standard of being a good jumper may be reaching a ten foot basketball rim. Some can jump high enough to touch it while others can’t. However, if the standard is touching the moon you can touch a ten foot rim all day long and it will not matter! That is what DOING religions are all about. They set a standard, and as long as you work really hard to meet their standard everything is ok. However, God has set a standard of perfection, and none of us are perfect!
So what do we do? Do we live our lives in despair because we are incapable of meeting God’s standard? NO! A thousand times no! We need to realize no matter how high we “jump” we will never reach the goal. We need to ADMIT we are incapable and trust in One who has DONE it—He has already met the goal on our behalf! We must trust in Jesus Christ. When we do this He lifts us up to God’s standard! God no longer looks at us and our failure to meet the goal, but He looks at Christ who has met the goal for us! Jesus fulfilled all righteousness and paid for the sins we committed when He died on the cross. We depend on what He has DONE for us, and God forgives us and brings us into a personal relationship with Himself. Jump all you want, but you will never reach the goal. DO all you want, but it can never lift you high enough. Trust in what Christ has DONE!
Scripture reminds us in Romans 5:12 that we were born “spiritually defective” because of the sin nature passed down from Adam (see Genesis 3). This defect has separated us from our Creator. However, the Good News is that Jesus Christ came to provide the only remedy to our problem. Many people do not want to hear they have a spiritual problem. However, if I go to the doctor and I have a major physical illness that is treatable I want to know about it! I want to know the treatment! We have a spiritual problem, and Jesus Christ provides the treatment!
Will YOU trust Him today! Will you come to the end of DOING and trust in what He has DONE? He loves you and is waiting to receive you today! For more information please contact us and join us for church this Sunday morning at 10:30am.