“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” (Isaiah 64:6, AV)
I have been searching for a scripture in my daily reading to offer you that speaks about how good and wonderful I am. I really need that I need to know that I am a good person and I need to her God tell me that. Am I the only one that has felt this, am I the only one who struggles to find the passage that speaks about our own personal goodness? I look around and I see a lot of really good people doing some really good things and the Bible has to speak about the goodness of mankind. We have to have some righteousness in us or else why would Jesus come, why would Jesus call us friend, why would He sacrifice His life. I thought I had found something when I read that Abraham was a friend of God then I read that he lied and gave over His own wife to other men to save his skin. Then there was David who is said to have a heart after God’s own then he has an affair with a woman and arranges to have her husband killed when she became pregnant. Of course, Moses surely had to be good in God’s eyes, but he was forbidden from entering the promised land after serving God for 40 years all because he yelled at a rock.
I am being somewhat negative in a sense but that is really where we all must start with God. Yes, we find favor with God, but it is nothing of our own doing it is all of God. The trouble today seems that with all the memes, selfies, blogs, social this and insta, people are spending a lot of time trying to convince the world and God that they are good people. So many will never learn the truth of who they are in Christ. Saving faith in God comes when we cry out God have mercy on me, a sinner. We come to God with nothing and we receive everything of God’s Amazing Grace. Sounds like a great trade I bring my nothing and receive everything. I think I can live with that. Don’t need 10,000 friends on face something to tell me what I have or need. I have it all in Christ Jesus.