Bad things don’t happen to good people because good people don’t exist.
“There is no one righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10 NIV)
Back in the early years of my high school I thought I was a pretty rad dude. I used to walk around with my Jesus shirts, I had bible verses painted on my car, and I thought that I knew everything about the Bible. I was the most spiritual guy ever.
I put my status, label, popularity, and pride in front of God. I used Jesus as a tool to gain more followers on Twitter.
When your focus is directed at yourself, you forget to leave room for God.
Even though I was acting like a Christian, I was not a good person.
To “sin” is to miss God’s mark, or to break God’s shalom. Sin is anything opposite of what God wants us to do. Even though everything I did was technically “pleasing to God” I still used it as my own pursuit for happiness. I was still a sinning.
If Jesus is our role model then we should try to be Christ-like…right? We’ve heard it in church and in sermons our whole lives, but try and compare your good deeds with what Jesus did.
I’m sorry, but it’s an unfair match.
People do good things, but good people don’t exist.
Christ set the example for us, and our goal is to be like Him, but we will never reach the likeness of Christ.
I’m sorry…but if we became like Christ, then we would become a god, or we’d think of ourselves as one. Christianity isn’t about trying to be “like Jesus”.
Christianity is all about Jesus. It’s always been about Jesus. It’s not about our way in becoming like Jesus, it’s about how He became the perfect person for us.
So that leaves us to where we are now. We are not good people.
But isn’t that unfair? Our goal is to achieve Christ-likeness, but Paul says there’s no such thing as a good person.
I think God did that for a reason. Now I don’t know how God works, sorry I’m not God, but maybe there’s a reason why we aren’t so good after all.
God shows us His ultimate righteousness to create an urgency of dependence towards Him.
God made us all equal. Matthew 20:1-16 shows us that (yes stop what you’re doing and read this parable). Don’t focus on what you deserve. We all deserve the same wage, the wage of death, because we all have sinned (Romans 3:23 & 6:23).
You sin? So do I. No one’s perfect. That’s why I lean on Jesus. The trials of my life have already been conquered by Him.
We are no longer bound to our sin through Jesus. We still sin, but it doesn’t have a grip on us. Jesus’ sacrifice doesn’t give us a free ride to sin, instead it opens up a gift to a new life.
Don’t get me wrong, having life is a great thing! But we’re still born with a sinful nature.
Jesus takes away our sins for sure, but the fact of the matter is that we still sin. No matter what state you’re in, whether saved or not, we still sin, and we need to depend on God to help us through this life, because with Him we are no longer slaves to that sin.
The truth about us is not based on our deeds, our performance, our past, our present, and our resumes. The truth about us is defined by the gospel.
It’s time to give up our false selfless ambitions and align our hearts with God’s will in our lives. This is something I need to work on too! I’m learning just as much as you. Love you dudes, keep up the hard work, and never stop loving Jesus.