HOPE IN THE HEARTLAND:   Who is good?

Gracepoint Church, Peabody

Even the best people are flawed.

Scars and imperfections: we’ve all got them. And I’m not even talking about the outside of our bodies. These “problems” are inside our souls. They can’t be covered with a cream or hidden with a bandage. And they don’t just heal on their own.

But, I repeat, we’ve all got them. It’s no use to compare our imperfections with others, in hopes of ranking ourselves better than someone else. Jesus put it this way, “Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good …”

Jesus was responding to a rich young ruler’s question about things he could do to obtain eternal life. The answer to this “seeker’s” question is stark and stunning, “You can’t!” In other words the young man — like many people today — wanted a righteousness based on works. He hoped to be able to do deeds to earn eternal life. (Insert game show buzzer here).

Jesus makes it clear that only God is “good”. The word can mean “good in the inward nature” or “inherently good.” And we aren’t either of those. Only God is totally good.

Who are you trusting for your salvation?

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