Is Being Good, Enough?

If you believe being a good person is enough to get you into the kingdom of God  you’re not alone.

There are many faiths that teach exactly that.  It sounds something like,

“ .. you  will be rewarded after death if you simply do more good deeds than bad ones.”

But this is not what the Bible teaches

So let’s have a look at what it actually says.

Before we get to scripture we need to have a solid benchmark.

What exactly is the definition of a good person?

Is a good person just anyone who doesn’t commit a serious crime? Or maybe the bar is higher? Maybe being good also means working for a charitable movement or serving those less fortunate.

How do we know how high the bar is set and how can we know if we made the cut?

perhaps you simply need to do just enough good deeds to tip the scales.

then you may feel that If all your good deeds make up at least 51% of what you do, then the kingdom should be your final destination.

But how can you be sure that at least a little more than half of your life has been good? And don’t some good and bad deeds carry more weight than others?

The answers to all these questions will vary depending on who you talk to.

The Bible, however, clearly teaches that even our best attempts at being good fall short of God’s high standard.

[Romans 3:23]

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

In short, even the best person among us falls far short of what God expects. His standard is complete obedience, and no one has ever met that standard except Jesus.

You may be thinking to yourself, “Wait a minute! That seems a little extreme. I’ve done so many good things and kept almost all of the commandments in the Bible! I’ve never hurt anyone. I’m not perfect but I’m certainly better than most people I know.”

But

[James, 2:10]

For whosoever shall, save in one point, keep the whole law, he is guilty of all.

Just one-act of disobedience in an otherwise good life is all it takes to be found guilty and worthy of punishment in the eyes of God.

So it may be that as you read this you ask  what hope anyone has of going to the kingdom of heaven if what the Bible says is true. That’s a great question!

The answer is that no one has any hope of escaping God’s judgment apart from trusting in Jesus.

What does that mean? It means that God’s forgiveness depends on faith or trust in Jesus, not works. It can’t be earned by us. Jesus alone earned it for us. Nobody deserves it. Nobody can work for it. It is a gracious gift from God. We must believe it and trust Him.

Romans 5:8 says, “But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us!”

[Ephesians 2:8-9]

2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; but it is the gift of God;

2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

These verses are telling us  that we are not saved from God’s judgment by our own good works.

We can only be saved by putting our faith in Jesus, the Son of God.

We must believe that He loves us. We must believe that He is ready to forgive us even though we don’t deserve it.

How is that possible? God made it possible Himself. He couldn’t just let our disobedience go unpunished. That would make Him a bad and unjust judge.

the reason that we have our moral agency  is that all action has a consequence that has to be accounted for.  Someone has to face the consequences for what we’ve done. God, in His love, was willing to sacrifice His Son, Jesus, to face death in our place.

Even though He was fully divine, Jesus became a man so that He could die for us. The Bible teaches that He rose from the grave and still lives today.

If we turn away from our sin and turn to Jesus, we can be saved. We must receive His forgiveness and ask Him to be the new master of our lives. But it is not enough just to say it.

[Romans 10:9]

10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

If you have lived with the heavy burden of trying to be good enough to get into the kingdom of heaven,. It’s a burden you can’t carry alone.

[Matthew 11 29:30]

11:29 Then spake Jesus, saying, Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

11:30 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls; for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

God know we have a predisposition towards sin and that none of us are perfect but this is why he has given us the ability to repent.

delaying our repentance may mean that we miss things so it is a good practice to make time throughout the day to repent for the thinks you know about and ask for guidance on the thinks your not aware of.

In Short Being Good is a start but you have to ensure your benchmark is God not the world. but its only half the picture. it is Obedience to God’s word that sees us in the Kingdom at the end of everything.