Why Do You Call Me Good?

 

Why Do You Call Me Good?

I think I would consider myself “a good person”, I mean by all standards if you met me and had a conversation with me, if you hung out with me a couple of times, you would realize I’m extremely polite, I don’t really have any vices, I’m respectful, I go to church on Sundays, I say my prayers at night, I obey the law, I do the occasional good deed ,I’m always fair and I’m mostly nice even when I don’t want to be, I’m all for social justice and human rights, so yeah, if there was some arbitrary measurement scale were people’s good deeds and kindness are measured I would probably score pretty well, I’m an all-around “good person”, whatever that may mean.
One bible passage that always strikes me as rather interesting, is the conversation between the rich young man and Jesus Christ, first off he starts the conversation by asking “Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?, before Jesus even addressed the question to the answer he asked him ‘Why do you call me good? There is none good but one, that is God. That sobered up all my self righteousness pretty fast. Really? Not even one? Yep, he said, none.
So stop. Stop trying to be a good person. I’m going to be honest and say that being a good person will not get you anywhere with God. I mean people will like you, they will love to be around you, they will call you nice, they will say you are responsible, your goodness might even be recognized internationally, but when it comes down to it, it doesn’t really mean much to God, because no matter how good you are you will never be good enough, you could really, really try to be the best person in the world, you can keep all the rules, always dot your t’s and cross your I’s but sadly it just won’t cut it.
There was a time when I thought being a Christian was about being a good person, I really did, I thought as long as you followed the rules, you went to church, you did the right thing, and then you get an automatic passport to heaven, and I mean being good all the time is hard!, it’s very hard, it’s exhausting, it’s restrictive, it’s by and large very impossible. Some days I don’t want to be good, I want to be selfish, I want to have a smart mouth and check someone who is talking reckless, I want to have a bad attitude, I don’t want to go to church, I don’t want to think of countless rules and regulations, do’s and don’ts, the weight of responsibility of being good and perfect will crush you, being good by God’s standards is humanly impossible.
So what makes us “good’’ or “acceptable” before God, only Jesus Christ, that’s it plain and simple, I have been a “Christian” for most of life and I just finally accepted and understood. We are only made righteous by Christ, not 70 days prayer and fasting, not endless night vigils, not going for/attending endless Christian conferences and revivals, not volunteering in the ministry, not healing the sick, not counselling, not providing shelter for the poor and needy, not paying our tithes, not sowing seeds, not evangelism, not participating in spiritual warfare, not religious dogma nothing but Jesus.
This is so liberating because what it simply means is that you come as you are, come with your struggles, come with your weaknesses, come with your strengths, come with your imperfections, come with all and everything that you are, God just wants you to come, believe and accept, and let him do the work of transforming and conforming you to the image of his son, that I may add is just a natural process of Christ taking over your life, not a prerequisite of acceptance. Christ is what makes you right with God, the good deeds are by products, always keep that in mind.
It’s funny how when all was said and done, regarding the rich young man and Jesus, when he got down to it, he really couldn’t give what was the most important thing of all which was himself for the gift of eternal life, oh he was willing and ready to do things, we are always so ready to do works , actions, deeds, we’re so ready to do so many things, be busy, but God doesn’t care about that the most important he wants is our heart, our willingness, he knows our works/what we count as righteousness are as filthy rags to him, that’s why he wants our hearts, that’s what he can work with, with an emphasis on him doing the work and not us.

About The Author
Picked up the writing bug, when I was about 5/6 currently trying to share my experiences and stories, faith through words, full time graduate student at ohio university, part time blogger-www.musingsandothershortstories.wordpress.com, sometimes entrepreneur bubo hair and beauty.
I can be reached via email at ndidindekwu@gmail.com, on IG:@ndidi_a

 

 

Author: ndidindekwu

I am a woman who is passionate about educating and promoting the understanding of self and others, through storytelling. I love to take myself and my readers on a journey of self awareness by analyzing ideas, thoughts and emotions through written words. Do enjoy

5 thoughts on “Why Do You Call Me Good?”

  1. Lovely read!!! Gave the the resetting I needed.. Being good is extremely tiresome mennn and the day you decide not to be good.. you are judged! Comforting that God works with my hearts and not my deeds.

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    1. Yes, being good is hard and very tiresome,it’s wonderful to serve a good who doesn’t look at our works but our hearts and our willingness to trust and obey him, he is always willing to forgive no matter how many times we slip up.

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  2. This is so true and I can relate. I also recently realized that God does not want us to go through life by ticking boxes of ‘righteous’ acts; otherwise, the Pharisees would have been model citizens. Just as you said, He wants us to come as we are and surrender to His plans for us and most importantly to love…loving Him, receiving His love, and letting it flow through us to others…my only problem now is getting that knowledge to connect with my reality. Issa struggle, but the good thing is His grace is sufficient.

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    1. it’s definitely a struggle, i struggle with this everyday, sometimes i even doubt if God really loves me, and if i am even doing what i’m supposed to, and if i don’t do certain things will he still love me, but the word has really helped me understand that God’s love for us is truly unconditional and there are no pre-requisites,it’s hard to really understand this, because human love is by and large very conditional, but we sometimes forget that God’s nature itself is love, he doesn’t know how to love us even if he tried lol.

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