What qualifies someone to be called a “good person?” After all Jesus said to someone who had called Him good – “Why do you call me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if you will enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Matthew 19:17) What was Jesus saying? Was He calling himself bad – that even He didn’t qualify as good? No, not at all. He was qualifying that He was God come in the flesh. He was also leading this man to truth – that all mankind has failed in their ability to be good. Romans 3:23 says,”For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”
God wants us to be energetic in our pursuit of goodness because it is one of God’s ingredients that make this world a richer place to live. But don’t worry; like I did yesterday, you will blow it. Instead of the goodness you desire to see flow from your life, you will have experience those occasional moments that make you feel ashamed before God. Don’t let it discourage you. Ask God to forgive you. Realize that true goodness comes only through the help of God. Be energetic to make things right, to get things right, and to let people be touched by the goodness of God working through you!
Titus 2:11 (Message Bible) God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone! We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness.