My mother told me that the biggest hurdle of her coming to faith was the truth that no one is good. – “There’s no one who does good, no, not one. (Romans 3:12) In fact in her words she said, “I knew people that would give you the shirt off their back and they’re not good?” In fact she almost decided not to go back to church for that reason. Fortunately for her and me and my brother and our children, the Holy Spirit worked in her heart and enabled her to see that truth.
The world makes excuses all the time for bad behavior. He or she had an absentee father…their mother disciplined them too much…their parents were too permissive…their teacher abused them… etc. The world will never call it sin. That’s because from the world’s point of view, people are inherently good. It’s the things in their environment that causes them to do bad things. And furthermore in today’s world more and more evil things are not even considered evil anymore. It doesn’t take much to live up to the standard of the world.
But God said, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (I Peter 1:16) Compare yourself to God and see how you look? Isaiah the prophet did and responded, “Woe to me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips…(Is 6:5) Peter realized the wickedness of his heart after a miraculous catch of fish. “…he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord. (Luke 5:8) The great apostle Paul stated that he counted all his work as rubbish that he might gain Christ and “be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.” (Phil 3:8,9)
The world, though, never compares itself to a holy righteous God. People usually compare themselves with other people. And we can always find someone that’s worse than we are. Hopefully you realize that compared to God you aren’t good because ultimately…its His standard that counts!