I always hear people say “I’m a good person, that’s more than enough.” Well, not quite. Being a good person is great, but it just doesn’t cut it. Indeed, Christ calls us to be good people, to be great examples of the truth in deed and conduct. Many people will use the parable of the good samaritan and his act of kindness to justify that being a good and kind person is “just enough” in their christian work. Jesus wants us to be like that good samaritan in life, but He also calls us to developing a deep and meaningful relationship with Him. John 15:5: I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in Him, he will bear much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” That being the most important in our walk with Christ. It’s like the story of Mary and Martha. A perfect depiction of the difference between works and true worship. Here, Hardworking Martha, distracted with preparing her home for Jesus is frustrated with her captivated sister who chooses the Lords feet. Jesus tells Martha: “Martha you are worried about many things, but only a few things are necessary. For Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42!
Sometimes we get so carried away with being “good people” to gain Gods approval but the real truth is God is more interested in the state of our hearts towards Him, not our works. Our desire towards knowing more of Him and not our deeds. He appreciates our strive to be good, but He has definitely called us for more than just the act of goodness and kindness.
It’s comparable to the likes of Religion and Relationship. These two do not coincide. Following “religion” does not guarantee you a place in the Kingdom of God, a deep relationship with Jesus does. Real faith is more than just doing good. Real faith is acknowledging His goodness & not yours. David says in Psalms: “My goodness is nothing apart from you.” Psalms 16:2. Religion emphasizes the work of self, while a relationship with God tells us being part of His Kingdom is not just by our works, but through knowing Him in all His fullness. His goodness rather is reflected through us in having a meaninful and close relationship with Him because our lives are not ours, it belongs to Him.🙌🏾
2 Timothy 1:9: “He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to His grace.” 💕