We live in a time when being a “good” person is seen as the new aim. It may not bother us that our “good” isn’t really that good compared to the righteousness of God…or that it can be rather fickle. We also lack a common understanding of what “good” or “just” deeds are–and, sadly, whether right beliefs matter.
This is becoming increasingly problematic, for in all our pursuit of faith that actually “does something” or impacts our world in a positive way, doing good is becoming the new Gospel–rather than the biblical Gospel leading to a life of doing good by Christ’s power and including evangelism.
Yesterday, I preached on Cornelius’ conversion at New Vintage Church. The Scriptures say of Cornelius, “He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God.” Yet…
He still needed Jesus.
In all our desire to build bridges, do what’s right, reverse perceived injustices, and make a difference, we can’t forget…
Even the good need God. That goes for those of us trying to do good, and for our friends who don’t know Christ, but “live a good life.” When it comes to living the good life, Jesus is it. He’s the cause, the source, and the compass of good.
He isn’t, though, a mere social revolutionary. Those who believe so will never change the world.
Christians believe there is no other name by which we must be saved. One Way, one Truth, one Life. We believe there is such a thing as “saved” or “lost.” That “saved” or “lost” condition is based on God’s grace and Christ’s blood–not on what we do. We do what we do by the power of God’s grace and Christ’s blood.
Follow Jesus truly, and you’ll be a good person. Follow Jesus truly, and you’ll do more good than you can with the Good One living inside you.
There is nothing you can do that will change the world more than to follow Jesus all the way.