Would you consider yourself a good person? When most people are asked this question they usually respond with, “Yes, I think I am.” This certainly seems like a reasonable answer doesn’t it? Especially if we were to compare the average person’s goodness with the likes of say Adolph Hitler, or Charles Manson.
When we compare ourselves with other people we may not measure up to some like a Mother Teresa, but we are not as bad as others either. This leaves the average person feeling pretty secure for the most part.
Now what if I were to ask the question, does God think you are a good person? God is holy, absolutely perfect, without any defect, or blemish. He is light without the slightest trace of darkness at all. This seems almost unimaginable to us doesn’t it?
The Bible actually describes God as the sun shining in its full strength. (Revelation 1:16) We all know how difficult it would be to look at the sun even for a second in its full intensity. Yet this is how brilliant God really is.
Let me give you an illustration. A man was driving down a country road one day, when he noticed a flock of white sheep eating in a green grassy field. They looked so clean and white against the backdrop of the grass. Latter during the winter, he was driving down the same road after a freshly fallen snow. When he saw the sheep this time, they no longer looked white and clean. Instead they looked extremely dirty.
Now the question is this. Did the sow make the sheep dirty, or simply expose the dirt that was already there? Obviously it only exposed the dirt. This is exactly what God’s word, the Bible does. When people compare their lives to the standards of the world around them, they may look pretty clean. However, they were to lay the commandments of God along side our lives, they will soon discover that they are actually very sinful.
Just think of a few of the 10 commandments for instance, to see how well you have kept them.
Commandment number 9 says, “You shall not lie.” Have you ever told a lie? Even a white lie is still a lie. Yes, everyone has at sometime. This makes you a liar. Even a single lie qualifies.
Commandment number 8 says, “You shall not steal.” Have you ever stolen something? The value makes no difference. This makes you a thief.
Commandment number 7 says, “You shall not commit adultery.” Jesus said that if you even looked at a woman to lust after them sexually, you have committed adultery in your heart. This makes you an adulterer at heart.
We have only looked at three of the 10 Commandments, and would all have to admit that we have all broken all of these at one time or another. By breaking God’s Commandments we are sinners, and the wages of sin is death. God is just, and His justice demands to be fulfilled. He would never allow, murderers, or liars, or sexually immoral people into His Kingdom, because they would pollute everyone else.
So if God were to judge you by the standard of His commandments, would you be innocent or guilty? You would be guilty.
Would you go to heaven or hell? The answer is you would end up in hell. I hope that concerns you, because your eternal soul is of far greater value than even your eyes. It is priceless.
The good news is that God does not want to cast you into hell. So He loved you so much that he sent His Son Jesus to pay the penalty for your lawlessness, by giving His life in your place. The innocent for the guilty, so that if you will repent, and call upon Him you can be saved.
A closing note: Even though He died for your sins, this does not automatically mean that you are going to benefit from His sacrifice. If you do nothing with Christ, or refuse to surrender to Him, you cannot obtain eternal life. Call upon Him today, and He will save you.