God Loves Me If I am Good
November 25, 2018
By: Jim Eschenbacher
Drew is teaching a series about the lies that Christians believe. Not all Christians… just some. But we all must answer to the lies because they affect our belief system. And I have found that some non-believers like the lies and thereby won’t hear the truth. The lie from this past Sunday is that God loves good people more than bad people. As is always the case, the lie has some truth in it. The problem is not the truth but the opinions that we draw from the lie. God does love us to be good.
John 14:21… Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.
Obedience is how we show our love to Jesus. It is not by singing our favorite song or reading our Bible in the morning. Don’t try to love Jesus just in song or sacrifice. Listen for, and respond to, His voice. “My sheep know my voice.” He does not always tell us to do something hard or painful.
To know the Truth one must read the whole counsel of God.
Romans 5:8… But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
So, in the big picture, God loves people… all people.
Romans 3:12… All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.
I was thinking about this earlier this morning, and it occurred to me… we use worldly wisdom to determine good. For example, most people would say that Billy Graham was a good man; and those same people might say that Adolf Hitler was not a good man. We arrive at those conclusions by weighing their actions against a list that we have in our heads. And yet, God says, “All have turned aside and become worthless.” He must have a different list in His head.
And He does…
Psalms 14:2-3… The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt. There is none who does good, not even one.
When David wrote this, he included himself with descriptive words like “all” and “none.” Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he knew that he, too, was worthless. In the environment of heaven, “good” means more than it does to us, earthlings. “There is none who does good,… not you, not me, not Billy Graham. Only of Jesus did God say, “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.
If Jesus represents goodness, we are not good. When someone talks about anyone’s goodness, he is showing his human side… his erroneous thinking. Jesus said, “Only God is good.” He knew that the Rich Young Ruler called Him Good Teacher, according to his interpretation of good. He rebuked him for it. We can’t use human superlatives on God. I am a song writer. I have struggled to find the perfect word for God. Any word that we would choose would have significance here on earth but would not matter in heaven. I remember when the word “awesome” was in vogue. Rich Mullins wrote a song, “Our God is an awesome God.” The Christian community went gaga over it; it incorporated an up and coming word. It was not a word that described God perfectly; I don’t believe there is such a word. All of our words are comparison words. God has no comparison. He, alone, is God.
The Bee Gees wrote a song with a line that said, “It’s only words and words are all I have.” That is a plight of humanity. But God introduced actions that spoke louder than words… specifically obedient actions.
Does being good have any place in the life of a Christian? Yes, very much so. We are grateful for salvation and we want to show God our gratefulness. Goodness is a response to God. And that is a constant. Love is a response to God. Ministry is a response to God.
‘Good’ people are not more liked by God than others. Actually, they don’t exist.