"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
Neither You Or I Are Good
At the beginning of 2009 a co-worker called me in my office and told me that he had a Word from the Lord for me. I was so excited to hear that because I really needed to hear from God. He spoke to me about that great blessing I was going to receive that year.
Well, March went by, April went by, we were now in the heart of the summer and I could not see that blessing my co-worker told me about it. October was here now and still no sign of that amazing blessing. By November I started realizing something; I was face to face with the nastiness of my own heart. By December I realize that receiving a revelation of the nastiness of my heart was one of my greatest blessings.
See, when we walk around, thinking that we are good we are contradicting God’s Word. This is what the Word tells us,
10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; 11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. 12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” Romans 3:10-12 (NKJV)
In 2009 I was able to see that I was not righteous, that I had very little understanding of the things of God, that I was not really seeking Him like I should and that I was not really as good of a person as I pictured myself to be. I can say the same thing about me today; if there is anything good in me is the Spirit of God in me.
Jesus did not allow the rich young man to call Him good. In Mark 10:17-18 we see the following,
17 Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”
18 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. (NkJV)
If Jesus did not accept the title of good, even as He was indeed good, who are we to call ourselves good? The quicker I die to myself the closer I get to His righteousness, His understanding, His love and His goodness. The dying process is what I fight daily…Help me Jesus!