Recently I someone told me that they are good people, doing good things in the world to help others. It sounds noble and selfless, but sometimes I wonder what their definition of good would be? What qualifies as good and what is not good in their eyes? If I went to another part of the world, would that culture see good in the same way?
How would I be able to hit the mark of good? Would I know I hit it or would I have to hope I hit it? What if the definition of good changed? How would we know what qualified and what didn’t qualify? The anxiety of not measuring up would become overwhelming. Thankfully, we do not have to measure ourselves against steps that are always moving.
When God sent Christ to us, we were given the opportunity to trade in the measurement of good for the measurement of grace. God does not move His grace to keep us from receiving it. He holds it out for us, offering to trade our perceived good for His grace. When Christ died on the Cross He declared, “It is finished,” (John 19:30). It was a term used to mark a bill of sale as Paid in Full and that was what Jesus did on the Cross. He paid the penalty for all of our sins, for all of us, for all of time. He will never have to come down and renew that payment. It is paid forever.
By that payment we now can approach the Throne of God and ask forgiveness for the things we’ve done that are wrong. Wrong? Yes, by God’s measurements, but remember we’ve already established that the good we tried to attain was ever changing and always out of our reach. When I recognized that the good was nothing but a myth, but the grace God offered was real- it was an easy decision. I asked Christ into my life and He covered my mistakes, my failings, my hurts, and my scars with His grace. I am not perfect, but I am being perfected every day by His grace.
Hebrews 10:14-18 says it clearly, For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary (bold mine).
Best Beloved, good is something that has it’s own purposes for measurement, but when it comes to God, the best measurement is Grace, every time.