There is no such thing
There is no such thing as ‘a good person’.
A person who does good works does not make him to be ‘a good person’.
A person who obeys God does not make him to be ‘a good person’.
Jesus, The Son of God, in whom did no sin, said in Mat 19:17
And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
Jesus was no good. He was obedient to The Father unto death, keeping His commands.
So as followers of Jesus, we have the same attitude. There is nothing good in us, but we are obedient to Jesus, if it means we have to die in order that we keep His commands.
Mar 2:17 When Jesus heard it, He saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
People today are righteous in their own eyes. They are blinded by their own image that they are good persons. Good enough to enter heaven when they pass from this life. They are sadly deceived. Do they really believe they are better than Jesus, who said in Luk 18:19,
‘Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.’
The LORD desires truth in our inward man. The LORD desires that we recognise that we are sinners in our own birthright. David said, ‘In sin did my mother conceive me…….’. When this truth hits us in our heart, it brings about godly sorrow that worketh in us repentance, and the humility necessary for us to receive of God’s grace through His Son, Jesus Christ, for faith unto salvation.
Mat 21:31-32 Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.
Repentant sinners will enter into The Kingdom before the religious and self-righteous men who consider themselves good enough and need not a Saviour.
God desires that truth be found in our inward man. One of these truths is that there is nothing good in us. There is no such thing as a good person in this world and in this life. Godly men are they that obey God’s commands, by God’s grace, they walk by faith and are justified. They are no good either. Their godliness does not make them good persons.
Instead of teaching our children to ‘be good’, we should be saying as Jesus said, ‘if you will enter into life, obey the commandments’ and instead of trying to ‘be good’ which will result in relying on ‘self’, to depend and ask for God’s grace to help them. To encourage self-esteem is to go the opposite way of Jesus, which is to be humbly dependent on God.
May this truth humble us and keep us submitted to the One who is Good and Faithful and Trustworthy. May we keep looking unto Jesus, and quit looking into our selves. By the obedience of faith we are saved.
Praise The LORD.