Bible Devotions

Good Isn’t Enough

on September 19, 2011

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good.” Mark 10:18 NLT 

Being good just isn’t enough, because our definition of good is flawed by our sinful nature.  Each and every one of us is not perfect.  We all fail in one way or another at one time or other.  This is not to discourage you, but to encourage you by explaining we’re all in the same boat. 


Have you ever felt all alone in your failing?  Reach out, talk to others.  You’ll soon find they have failed too.  I know I have.  Failure (or sin) is common to all people.  No one is exempt from sin. 


Jesus stated only God is good and that’s the point of this devotions.  We will never be good enough based on our merits.  We can’t earn our way to “goodness” or salvation.  I love what Paul said in Philippians 3:9 NLT “I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ.” 

Wouldn’t it be easier for us to earn our way?  Set the bar, know how what must be done and follow it.  Well, that’s been done already.  God gave us His commandments and we couldn’t keep them.  So perhaps it’s not so easy after all.   

God’s merciful nature took care of sin problem for us.  We can be good, but not of our self.  We can be good ONLY through faith in Christ.   

Lord Jesus thank you for taking our sin upon yourself and dying for us.  You gave your life that we might live.  Thank you Lord for giving us your righteousness.  We can be good by wrapping our self in you. In Jesus’ name Amen.  

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One response to “Good Isn’t Enough

  1. Lenoxus says:

    I think you give goodness some pretty short shrift. Yes, of course we can’t be perfectly good. Exactly how does this makes being the best we can insufficient? And isn’t faith something that occurs on a scale too? Since it’s possible to be somewhat faithful, but impossible to be infinitely so, doesn’t that make faith useless too?

    Suppose that one day, everyone on the planet started doing nothing but help one another — and by “nothing but”, I mean that they all stopped being religious. Would God really feel obligated to cast us all in Hell after we died?

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